Aaron Goodwin Rumors

Durant’s contract runs through the 2015-16 season, so he has no immediate need for an agent. Durant could still go another direction with his plans, according to the person. This is the second agent change in the last two years for Durant, as he left longtime agent Aaron Goodwin in February 2012. His marketing profile was booming at that time, and he signed five-year, $85 million extension with the Thunder in the summer of 2010.
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During the offseason, unrestricted free agent Matt Barnes was seriously being considered by the Knicks, according to the small forward’s agent, Aaron Goodwin. But Goodwin told ESPNNewYork.com on Wednesday that it didn’t pan out, likely because Mike Woodson was not interested. “Matt had a high interest in the Knicks, and Glen (Grunwald) and I spoke several times,” Goodwin said. “We agreed that it was a position that was needed for the Knicks, especially defensively to advance. But in the end, I don’t think the coach was truly on board.”
Regarding Matt Barnes’ arrest Monday night, his agent, Aaron Goodwin, issued this statement to SI.com claiming there was a personal component to the arrest by Manhattan Beach police officer Steve Tobias. Tobias reportedly arrested the former Lakers forward and free agent because he had a warrant out for driving on a suspended license and also asserts that Barnes threatened him. Barnes has made a few public comments of his own on his Twitter page (@Matt_Barnes22) Barnes was out on bail shortly after the arrest was made.
This group of childhood friends, who called themselves “The Four Horsemen,” formally announced their arrival in 2005 when James fired agent Aaron Goodwin. They decided as a team they would determine the All-Star’s fate off the court. The move seemed ridiculous at the time given their inexperience. Goodwin also had negotiated more than $135 million in endorsements for James, including a $90 million Nike contract.
Durant said before Friday’s game against the Golden State Warriors that he appreciates what Goodwin has done for him “but it was time for me to move on.” When he entered the NBA draft in 2007 after his freshman season at Texas, Durant signed with Goodwin’s Seattle-based Goodwin Sports Management. Goodwin helped negotiate Durant’s five-year, $86 million contract that Durant signed in July 2010.
SPOX: How was the contact? Schöttner: Amazingly, Aaron Goodwin has called our manager Uli Eichbau directly on the phone. We were completely surprised them, that an NBA agent wanted to talk to us little Bayreuthers. Uli first thought that it was a joke, but in the course of the conversation it became clear that it is serious. Since the conversations are fair and objective, and those are professionals.
But what Stern is toying with destroying is worse: a mutually respectful relationship with his business partners going forward. His “take it or leave it” gamble backfired. Instead, the players have counter-punched in for the first time in forever, and the ball is back in the league’s court. “For years owners have treated players as if they are just their property — fining them over how they dress, act, everything,” said Aaron Goodwin, the agent for Kevin Durant and a dozen other NBA players. “This is the first time the players have the opportunity to say no. They feel like they’ve been negotiating against themselves for a month. This is a big moment for the relationship between players and owners from now on.” Whatever happens, I believe we’ll still have a 50- to 60-game season, if not more.
What really happened Monday was Stern and the owners backed the players into a corner with an ultimatum to accept their latest proposal, which included a 50-50 split of revenue. The players balked, citing system issues that would restrict movement of players and the value and length of contracts, and now a judge decides whether Stern and the owners are a bunch of intransigent bullies or the players have no merit on their claim and need to sign the deal or else. “I don’t think it detonates the season,” said Aaron Goodwin, the agent for Kevin Durant and a dozen NBA players. “Owners are still in a position to preserve a 72-game season. But they have to make the next move. It’s clearly in their court. Now it’s a totally different fight.”
The next line of action is a move toward decertification of the Players Association, which requires about 130 signatures of players on a petition and will probably come by Tuesday. That, the union believes, would provide leverage against the owners, who might sweeten their offer rather than allow the issue to play out in federal court. “I’m never for decertification,” veteran agent Aaron Goodwin told me Sunday night, “but I’m afraid it’s going to go to that, because the owners are not negotiating fairly. Their offer is not a good one at all.”
What is the status of Nate Robinson, who wanted to resume his career as a football player? Aaron Goodwin: The NFL is an alternative but he did not say he wanted to play in the NFL. He just wants to play basketball for now. He is interested in coming to Europe during the lockout. Which teams are interested in getting him? Aaron Goodwin: We talked with many teams but we have never been close to a deal. I can’t name the teams but we have been in contact with teams playing in Greece, Russia, Turkey and China. There will also be a clause in his NBA contract. I won’t let any of my clients come abroad without a return clause in the NBA.
“I had heard this same gentleman (Tellem) was about to be fired by a player years before, and when the player contacted me (to discuss possible representation), I told the player that I didn’t talk to players who were under contract with other agents,” Goodwin said. “And I turned around and I called the gentleman to tell him to reach out to his player and see what he could do to rectify that situation. “(Tellem’s) response was that he appreciated it, and that most agents wouldn’t do something like that, and he respected the fact that I would. In return, he turns around and doesn’t give me the same respect and dignity to call me (regarding Horford).”
But change, Goodwin and plenty of others hope, may be on the way. “I’ve had conversations with the Players Association over the last couple of years when these types of situations have come up, and they’re addressing it,” he said. “It’s something that was brought to the forefront even before the (Glass-Miller) ruling, and that they had been working toward coming up with ways to deal with.”
“Where other people may close their eyes to it, I try to address it,” Goodwin said. Like Glass, Goodwin has had run-ins with Miller. “I’ve literally called (Miller) several times to reiterate not to speak to my clients. I think if agents would confront other agents, it wouldn’t be as big of a deal. There are some who feel they’re untouchable, and have the wherewithal to do whatever they want to do, especially when it comes to improprieties. “The crazy thing is that it’s ran almost like a street business. And at the end of the day, if someone would do this to you and it wasn’t regulated by government, you’d go down and you’d inflict some harm on them so that they wouldn’t do it again. But you can’t do that. And they understand that there’s not much you can do, so they run rampant. And when you confront them, if they’re man enough to take the phone call, they deny it.”
But three months after agent Keith Glass won his courtroom bout with agent Andy Miller in a landmark decision, the case is serving as a segue into a contentious faceoff between two industry heavyweights and might spark change at the institutional level as well. Agent Aaron Goodwin told FanHouse that he plans to file a formal complaint against top agent Arn Tellem with the NBA Players Association in the coming weeks because of how his colleague came to represent Atlanta Hawks forward Al Horford. Horford was represented by Goodwin from the time he was picked third overall out of Florida in 2007 until late June, when he changed agents days before he was eligible to begin discussing a possible extension. The union will rule on whether the case goes to arbitration.
Matt Barnes’ agent told the Orlando Sentinel this afternoon that the free-agent forward probably will not announce today where he’ll play in 2010-11, as Barnes had originally planned. Aaron Goodwin, who represents Barnes, said that additional teams became involved in the process once it became clear that Barnes was not returning to the Magic. Barnes posted the following message on Twitter a few moments ago to explain the delay: “Couple new teams just jumped n2 the game, so I’m sorry 2 say ima have 2 get back 2 you. Ill let yall know something with in the nxt few days”