William Wesley Rumors
Carmelo Anthony staged a dinner meeting with his entourage Friday night to discuss his free-agent future, according to a source familiar with the situation. Anthony, his Creative Artists Agency agent Leon Rose, and CAA advisor William Wesley were in the group of six at a well-known haunt on 28th Street called Pergola in a strategy session discussing their options. The source said the group sat in a private back room.
Thibodeau is represented by CAA and counts the agency’s representative William Wesley as one of his advisers. The powerful Wesley has heavy influence within the Knicks’ organization, especially with new president Steve Mills. According to a league source, Wesley’s insistence is why the Knicks signed J.R. Smith when he returned from China.
It wasn’t unusual, but certainly was notable, that Bryant spent a good bit of time after Sunday’s game catching up with two power brokers who make such things happen from coast to coast in the NBA: William “World Wide Wes” Wesley, the CAA operative who has sunk his influence deeply into the Knicks, and Robert “Bay” Frazier, Anthony’s business manager.
As if the Midwest region wasn’t dripping with enough storylines – Rick Pitino is unbeaten in the Sweet 16 (10-0), Izzo vs. Coach K, a potential November rematch between Louisville and Duke looming Sunday – a bizarre one emerged before tip-off tonight: Stadium security was told to be on the lookout for William “Worldwide Wes” Wesley, aka, LeBron’s BFF. Why is security on the lookout for basketball’s top power broker? It could be a number of things. Worldwide Wes is a Kentucky guy, so perhaps Rick Pitino doesn’t want him anywhere near his heavily-favored Cardinals.
Behind the scenes, a source close to the team says that William “Worldwide Wes” Wesley, a consultant for the agency that represents Anthony, informed Dolan that Carmelo was not pleased with the direction of the team under D’Antoni. This is nothing new; backstage maneuvering helped engineer Anthony’s departure from Denver and Paul’s from New Orleans. But when it comes to matters pertaining to Anthony, this source described Dolan as being easily swayed by the notoriously mysterious, famously well-connected and mythically powerful Worldwide Wes.
Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan surprised his former teammate Scottie Pippen for Pippen’s 47th birthday party Monday night. Pippen’s wife, Larsa, planned the secret bash at Chicago hot spot Sunda. Bulls family, including team president Michael Reinsdorf and his wife, Nancy, NBA power broker William “World Wide Wes” Wesley, Antoine Walker, Ahmad Rashad, and new Bulls recruit and Chicago native Nazr Mohammed gathered to celebrate at the club with Pippen. Sources told us the fun night ended with a dance-off between Jordan and Pippen to the Trey Songz and Fabolous song, “Say Ahh.”