Jeff Schwartz Rumors
Facing a Monday deadline to invoke the final remaining season on his contract or opt for free agency, Charlotte Hornets big man Al Jefferson is staying right where he is, according to his agent. Jeff Schwartz, Jefferson’s longtime agent, told ESPN.com he will formally notify the Hornets that his 30-year-old client will delay his next foray in free agency for one more year.: 3 more rumors
Kidd’s power play backfired. He certainly had Russians in his corner. That’s in part how he got the coaching job with Brooklyn. Kidd’s agent, Jeff Schwartz, sold the idea of his player-to-coach transition to Dmitry Razumov, who is not listed in the Nets’ media guide but is a trusted adviser to owner Mikhail Prokhorov. King was against hiring Kidd, telling Sports Illustrated before the season that his initial reaction was, “Absolutely not.” But Razumov had interest, and Kidd won King over in the interview.
General managers are also attempting to interpret the point of Love’s visit to Boston last weekend, which included a Red Sox game. The Chicago Bulls, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers are all interested. “All I know is that Jeff Schwartz is a Red Sox fan,” the source said of Love’s agent.
The process leading to that selection, accordingly, must involve all of us who are concerned with the well-being of NBA players. The players have earned the right to find the most astute union head to protect and expand their interests in the 21st century. The next 10 years in the NBA are poised to be enormously profitable thanks to the fast-rising valuations of media rights and the global demand for the sport of basketball. The players have to make sure they are not left behind. The best way to do this is to bring the current process to an immediate halt and relaunch the Executive Director search again with the involvement of a larger group that includes the agents.
The next Executive Director should not be selected by a small group operating in a cone of silence. Players and agents alike should be involved in the process. They should be asked to identify possible candidates, provide their input regarding candidates and, most importantly, contribute to the composition of a list of finalists that is openly distributed to players and agents for consideration and vetting before any candidate is put forward for a vote. The union’s announcement at All-Star Weekend that the process will proceed with players receiving video presentations from the two reported finalists is a rushed process at best and a manipulation of the process at worst. Players and agents have the right and responsibility to meet and question candidates face-to-face.
NBA agent Jeff Schwartz: As a longtime and ardent supporter of the National Basketball Players Association, I am deeply troubled by the clandestine process to date in the search for the union’s next Executive Director. This is a critical hire for the players, who have been impacted so negatively by the most recent Collective Bargaining Agreement. Salaries are down leaguewide, contracts are shorter and include less guaranteed money than they once did and free-agent movement has been curtailed significantly at a time that NBA franchises are reaching record valuations. Leadership from the union’s next Executive Director is essential to the ability of current and future generations of NBA players to restore many of the critical benefits that were lost in the last round of negotiations, but here we are again witnessing a search marked by the sort of troubling secrecy that has been synonymous with the NBPA for years.
Then Schwartz suggested Jefferson make a visit to Charlotte to at least hear the Bobcats out. The rest has been a happy half-season of history for all concerned. “I met the coaching staff. That was the first impression right there,” Jefferson said of Steve Clifford and his assistants. “That showed me that MJ [team chairman Michael Jordan], Rod [Higgins, Charlotte president of basketball operations] and those guys, they went and got a great coach and staff. That let me know right there they were trying to turn this franchise around. “Then I looked at the young talent: Jeff Taylor, MKG [Michael Kidd-Gilchrist], Kemba Walker, Gerald Henderson. Bis [Bismack Biyombo], a great high-energy big. Brendan Haywood and [Jannero] Pargo, guys who have been around the league and know what it takes to win. You add a guy with my talent and the things I’m able to do on offense. And then you look at the East, I really thought that was the best decision for me.”
So when Charlotte guard Kemba Walker, who shares the same agent (Jeff Schwartz), nudged Al Jefferson in New York with the idea in the days prior to his team-shopping, “Big Al” scoffed. “At first I thought it was just a joke,” Jefferson told NBA.com in a phone interview Monday. “I was like, ‘Heh. Yeah, right. Whatever.’”
This kind of quid pro quo happens all the time in the NBA; the agent business, you may have heard, is not the cleanest. Across the Brooklyn Bridge, agent Jeff Schwartz managed to get his client, Deron Williams, re-signed with the Nets while getting another client, Jason Kidd, hired as the head coach. Another Schwartz client, Paul Pierce, came aboard once Kidd convinced Kevin Garnett to waive his no-trade clause so the blockbuster trade with the Celtics could be consummated.
Ainge said the deal came together in a roundabout way but didn’t provide any details. “Like a lot of trades, it evolved from something completely different into a bigger deal. something that I really didn’t think would happen,” Ainge told Bill Simmons on his Grantland podcast, “simply because it takes sort of a special, unique circumstance in order for a trade like that to go through, and the tax ramifications of Brooklyn are I would call unique in today’s day and age in the NBA right now with the new CBA.
In a conversation with Bill Simmons, Danny Ainge talks about the trade that sent Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry to the Nets, saying that a number of factors helped get the deal done, not the least of which was the “connection” Pierce has with Deron Williams and Jason Kidd: they share Jeff Schwartz as an agent. Ainge thinks the Schwartz connection was a big motivator for Pierce who in turn helped KG decide to give up his no-trade clause and join him in Brooklyn (although Ainge, from habit, referred to New Jersey as the Nets home.) “I also think that Paul has a connection with having the same agent as Deron Williams and Jason Kidd,” said the Celtics GM. “I think probably there was some discussion going on there. I don’t know that for sure, but my guess is that they had some conversation about it, that Paul was the one that talked KG into wanting to do the deal or letting go of his no-trade clause to make the deal happen and that took some convincing.”
“I also think that Paul has a connection with having the same agent as Deron Williams and Jason Kidd,” said the Celtics GM. “I think probably there was some discussion going on there. I don’t know that for sure, but my guess is that they had some conversation about it, that Paul was the one that talked KG into wanting to do the deal or letting go of his no-trade clause to make the deal happen and that took some convincing.”
The Lakers news has swirled around Lamar Odom over the past couple weeks, and heightened to new levels amidst the rumors regarding Odom’s alleged drug abuse, including a report that Lakers general manger Mitch Kupchak offered Odom a roster spot should he check himself into rehab. Per team source, there was no such conversation between Kupchak and Odom’s agent, Jeff Schwartz, about re-joining the team. The Lakers organization still thinks very fondly of Odom and is genuinely concerned for his well-being. However, the story that a Lakers roster spot would be waiting for Odom should he complete treatment at a rehabilitation center is not true.
The rumor broke this morning when RadarOnline.com reported that Mitch Kupchak had a conversation with Odom’s agent, Jeff Schwartz. The website reported that the Lakers essentially offered Odom a roster spot, under the condition that he would immediately check himself into a rehabilitation center for his drug abuse. The report said a roster spot would be waiting for Lamar after he completed his treatment.
Once Jamison’s signing becomes official, the Clippers will have 14 players under contract, one player shy of the NBA’s imposed maximum number of players allowed on a roster. But the Clippers plan to fill out the last roster spot at some point during training camp, which begins in late September, according to a source. The Clippers would welcome Odom to training camp, though it remains unclear if he’d be interested in just that. Odom’s agent, Jeff Schwartz, hasn’t responded to numerous requests for comment regarding his client in recent days.
On the protracted nature of negotiations: “When I finished the season, I had a meeting with my agents and they said, `Don’t worry, leave everything to us, trust me, we just want the the best for you.’ So that’s what I did. He (agent Jeff Schwartz) said to me at one point, `If you’re too nervous, we can close.” I said really, no, I’m not nervous. I really was so relaxed. I just know (a deal would be reached). It’s just a great thing.”
Jennings was asked about his long wait as a restricted free agent before finally being traded to Detroit by the Bucks last week. The Bucks tried to sign guard Jeff Teague, but Atlanta matched the four-year, $32 million offer, leading to the deal that brought Knight to Milwaukee in exchange for Jennings. “It wasn’t that frustrating at all, because I knew I had a good agent in my corner,” Jennings said of agent Jeff Schwartz. “The main thing is sometimes you have to be patient and wait. “That’s what I was doing the whole summer was being patient and waiting. I just kept my mind on working out and just trying to get better. I just didn’t think about it too much.”
The Wolves have offered Pekovic a four-year offer believed to be worth up to $50 million. Taylor said Schwartz had submitted a counteroffer. “We made an offer and they made a counter offer,” Taylor said. “And they decided they should get together and talk about it in person rather than over the phone.’’ That said, Taylor indicated that he regarded the Wolves’ initial offer a good one. “Our offer wasn’t a negotiating offer,” he said. “Our offer was what we think was a really good offer.”
Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said Wednesday that president of basketball operations Flip Saunders will travel to New York early next week – as early as Monday – to talk with Nikola Pekovic’s agent Jeff Schwartz in hopes of finalizing a deal for the restricted free agent center.
The Nets likely would use all or part of their $3.2 million mini-mid-level exception, which presumably had been earmarked for Bojan Bogdanovic. Korver is represented by Jeff Schwartz, whose clients include Deron Williams, Paul Pierce, Jason Kidd and Mirza Teletovic.
With the hiring of Jason Kidd, his agent Jeff Schwartz has become an even powerful player in the Nets fortunes. He has no official title, of course, but Schwartz’s Excel Management now represents the Nets’ head coach, their franchise player, all their point guards and one of their two Euro-Stashed players. His role with the Nets is unmatched by any agent anywhere in the NBA.
Stackhouse and Ron Klempner, who is the NBPA’s deputy general counsel and who has been acting executive director since Hunter was fired, attended a meeting with Fehr and Weiner at the MLBPA headquarters in Manhattan in April. In addition to Fehr and Weiner, Tony Clark, a former MLB first baseman who is now MLBPA director of player relations, and Mathieu Schneider, a former NHL defenseman who is now the NHLPA special assistant to the executive director, also attended the meeting. Both Fehr and Weiner confirmed that the meeting occurred but declined further comment. Fehr’s name has been mentioned as a potential successor to Hunter, but he reaffirmed last week that he intends to stay at the NHLPA. Stackhouse said he was seeking information on how unions are run, as well as the processes unions have used to elect an executive director. News of the meeting comes as some NBA agents have privately been grumbling that nothing was happening in the search for a new union leader. Stackhouse, who is represented by Excel Sports Management founder Jeff Schwartz, said that was not the case.