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A team source confirmed reports coach Mark Jackson hired super agent Arn Tellem and fired Steve Kauffman. The move happened months ago, but the source said it was not part of Jackson's plan to get a new contract form Golden State. Jackson hired Kauffman presuming he had to hire an agent of coaches. When he learned he could retain Tellem, Jackson's representative as a player, Jackson made the switch. San Jose Mercury-News
Tellem is Warriors general manager Bob Myers' former boss and close friends with executive board member Jerry West. Jackson has two seasons left on his contract, next season is guaranteed and the Warriors hold an option for 2014-15. Without any further guarantees, Jackson would enter next season as a virtual lame duck in potentially his final contract year. San Jose Mercury-News
As the calendar moves closer to the June 30 expiration of the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement, one thing is growing more clear. “There will definitely be a lockout,” says agent Steve Kauffman, who for years represented players but now has coaches as his clients. “The question is whether there will be (regular-season) games missed.” “A lockout is going to happen,” says Frank Brickowski, one of six regional representatives for the NBA Players Association. “After that, you draw a series of lines. “You draw a line at training camp. You draw a line at the start of the preseason. You draw a line at the start of the regular season. And at some point, the final line is, do we lose the season?” Portland Tribune
Walsh's agent, Steve Kauffman, is in New York for the week and attended last night's game. He said he was not in town specifically to speak with Knicks owner James Dolan about Walsh's contract, "but if he wanted to, I'm open to that." Newsday
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