Jeff Schwartz Rumors
Barnes recently switched agents, hiring Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports. While some execs feel Barnes is “too stiff” from a marketing perspective, every brand will be watching to see where Harrison lands. Should he end up in Los Angeles or as the focal point of a rising team, you can expect to see China-based brands like Anta and Peak emerge and make strong offers. Despite the early uneasiness with Jordan, Barnes is still expected to have the interest of Nike and Jordan Brand, should he decide to move on from adidas.
Jackson said the two spoke privately about the decision, made by Drummond in lockstep with his agent, Jeff Schwartz, and Pistons owner Tom Gores, and called it a big one for his future. “It’s a mature move either way,” Jackson said. “Whatever he decides is what he decides. I just would love to know that I have this guy with me during my tenure being here, wearing this red and blue. I just want what’s best for Andre. I want what’s best for his career. I definitely want him to be here and I want to make a lot of memories and a lot of highlights in the Palace and bring back this city.”
“Lamar Odom is a long-time member of the Excel family, and we are keeping him in our thoughts and prayers. We are staying close to the situation but have no additional information or comment at this time,” Excel Sports Management president Jeff Schwartz said in a statement.
The offer of $16 million per year annually – comparable to teammate Draymond Green’s five-year, $82.5 million extension this summer – had been negotiated by Barnes’ former agent, Jeff Wechsler. After that initial offer, Wechsler countered with a figure north of $16 million annually before he and Barnes parted ways, league sources said. Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports is representing Barnes now.