HoopsHype Mark Bartelstein rumors

January 15, 2013 Updates

Beal's play has also gotten the attention of league executives. But Beal's agent, Mark Bartelstein told USA TODAY Sports that Washington has no plans to trade Beal to the Memphis Grizzlies in a potential deal would involve forward Rudy Gay, disputing reports that surfaced Sunday night. "I've talked with the Wizards and with Memphis and there's absolutely nothing to it," Bartelstein said. "I'm sure lots of teams would to like to have Brad, but the Wizards have absolutely no intention of trading him." USA Today Sports

November 4, 2012 Updates

On page 22 of a lengthy 26 page Order on Motions for Summary Judgment filed by Aaron Mintz/Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and Mark Bartelstein & Associates, Inc. d/b/a Priority Sports & Entertainment, U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson wrote, “This is not the first time in this Order that the Court has exposed clear misstatement of evidence by counsel for Priority Sports. Counsel are warned that further errors of such an egregious nature will be construed by the Court as indicative of bad faith, and may be grounds for sanctions.” Sports Agent Blog

The Court concluded that Aaron Mintz did not meet his burden of demonstrating an actual controversy, because Priority Sports assured the Court that it had no intention of seeking to enforce the non-compete clause now or in the future. Mintz argued that Priority Sports refused to enter into a stipulation stating same; however, Priority Sports said it did not enter a stipulation because of its concerns with the “overbreadth” of the stipulation. The Court found declaratory judgment on this point moot. Sports Agent Blog

Mintz alleged that Priority Sports intentionally intercepted electronic communication. The Court quickly dismissed this claim, because it fails as a matter of law based on the fact that there was no “interception.” The Court stated that for an email to be intercepted in violation of this statute, it must be acquired during transmission, not while in electronic storage. Priority Sports viewed Mintz’s emails while the emails were stored in Gmail. Therefore, the Court GRANTED summary judgment in favor of Priority Sports on the ECPA claim. Sports Agent Blog

Priority Sports alleged that Mintz did several things to establish a pattern of disloyal conduct, mainly preparing for his move to CAA while under employment at Priority Sports. The Court found that under California law, an employee does not breach his duty of loyalty merely by preparing to compete with his employer. Further, the Court stated that Priority Sports offered no evidence to show that Mintz’s preparatory steps harmed Priority Sports in any way. Therefore, the Court GRANTED Mintz’s motion on the duty of loyalty counterclaim. Sports Agent Blog

Priority Sports claimed that Mintz made several defamatory/libelous statements against Priority Sports. Mintz responded by stating that Priority Sports made no offering of such statements into evidence. Priority Sports replied that it “will prove at trial” that Mintz made those statements. The Judge did not take too kindly to this offering by Priority Sports. Judge Wilson responded, “Priority Sports misunderstands the purpose of summary judgment: now is the time to produce evidence.” Therefore, the Court GRANTED Mintz’s motion on the defamation and trade libel claims. Sports Agent Blog

October 22, 2012 Updates

Taj Gibson and the Chicago Bulls are continuing to discuss a contract extension and intensions on both sides are still to get a deal done before the Oct. 31 deadline, agent Mark Bartelstein told RealGM on Monday. Gibson is vying for a new long-term deal ahead of the deadline for fourth-year players, and many around the league believe he will likely command $8-10 million annually. RealGM

October 19, 2012 Updates

If a deal is not worked out by the deadline, Gibson would become a restricted free agent at the end of the season, and the Bulls might face a similar situation they went through this past summer with Omer Asik, who decided to sign an offer sheet with the Houston Rockets that the Bulls did not match. Gibson, who likely would command between $8-10 million a year in any new deal, says the negotiations have not been on his mind. "I haven't even really thought about it to tell you the truth," he said. "The last couple days I haven't even heard any ... that's the last thing on my mind. My focus is on just winning games, and (I'm) ready for the season to start." ESPN.com

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September 19, 2012 Updates

The former South Florida standout, drafted 33rd in 2006 by Atlanta, has career averages of 3.3 points, 2.4 rebounds, 0.6 blocks in 11.1 minutes per appearance. He is an athletic shot blocker who provides the Suns some front-line insurance behind Channing Frye, whose summer has been dedicated to shoulder rehabilitation. He played for Atlanta (2006-09) and Indiana (2009-2011) before playing 21 games last season with the Clippers and Hornets. "I think there's going to be an opportunity there for him," Jones' agent, Mark Bartelstein, said of Phoenix. "He's worked out hard this summer and he's in great shape." Arizona Republic

Cook received interest from “three or four other teams,” Bartlestein said, “but he really felt good about the way things finished up with the Wizards. He really enjoyed playing for [Coach Randy Wittman] and with the guys on the team and they kind of expressed the same thing to him. And as we were looking at different things, he wanted to go back. He had a comfort level. He’s back and hopefully, it will work out great.” Washington Post

Cook had hoped to return to the playoffs last season after not making an appearance since 2009, but he described his six-week run with the Wizards as gratifying in spite of its shortcomings. “I don’t think we’ll ever forget it. We had a lot of guys that came in, 10-day guys that came in and we all knew our strengths and weaknesses, and we just tried to play hard and play the right way. That’s by sharing the ball and being a great team,” Cook said after the season. “I had a great month and a half here. These guys, they’re all really good guys. They’re all competitors. They all competed, and hopefully I’ll see them again sometime soon.” Washington Post

September 18, 2012 Updates

From the Gonzaga hype to NBA hell and back again, Adam Morrison isn't done just yet. The 28-year-old, who was taken third in the 2006 draft, has accepted an invitation to Portland's training camp, according to his agent, Mark Bartelstein. Should Morrison take advantage of the void left by Blazers guard Elliot Williams' season-ending Achilles injury last week and impress enough to earn a roster spot, his deal will be for one year at the league's minimum salary. SI.com

This isn't the way it typically goes for top-five picks, especially players like Morrison who were so wildly celebrated as can't-miss prospects. But after coming up short in Charlotte, languishing with the Lakers and giving up on the game altogether before playing in Serbia and Turkey last year, Morrison -- who last played in an NBA game on April 27, 2010 -- will have another shot to show he belongs. "I just think it'll be a great opportunity for him," Bartelstein said. "I don't know that there's ever been a guy who got less of an opportunity in the NBA who came out as highly drafted as Adam did. He had a really good rookie year, and then tore his ACL and really hasn't had a chance to play since then." SI.com

August 7, 2012 Updates

Agent Mark Bartelstein, who represents a lot of the league's middle-class players, is navigating this changed landscape but refuted the notion that the money is all gone at this point. "I think that the new system, obviously, has made things tougher in some ways," said Bartelstein, who represents Landry and also recently negotiated a two-year, $8 million deal for restricted free agent small forward Brandon Rush with Golden State. "The tax is more punitive and that gives certain teams more pause to do deals, but if you want a player bad enough, then you do it. SI.com

July 31, 2012 Updates

Brandon Rush will re-sign with the Golden State Warriors, according to his agent, Mark Bartelstein. Rush received the same deal as Carl Landry, who signed with the Warriors on Monday. The deal is for two years and $8 million, with the second year being a player option. ESPN.com

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