Marc Stein: Bill Duffy and BDA Sports have signed Slovenian teen sensation Luka Doncic to represent the Real Madrid star, according to league sources. The 6-7 Luka Doncic, still just 17, isn’t eligible for this June’s NBA Draft but is widely projected to be selected No. 1 overall in 2018.
Emiliano Carchia: Emmanuel Mudiay is changing agency and will now be represented by Wasserman, a source told Sportando
Restricted free agent forward/guard Allen Crabbe has signed with CAA Sports agents Aaron Mintz, Ty Sullivan and Mike Tellem. He was formerly represented by Excel Sports Management.
A year after having two first-round picks in the NBA Draft, Excel Sports Management made a significant jump in '16, as they led all agencies by representing six first-round picks. Their total was helped by the fact that Excel has a partnership with Belgrade-based BeoBasket in which they represent their players in the U.S. Meanwhile, a year after leading the draft in representation, CAA Sports represented four players in the first round, followed by ASM Sports with three. Klutch Sports Management represented two first-round players, including No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons. Landmark Sports, Wasserman, Independent Sports & Entertainment and Roc Nation Sports also represented two players apiece. Cal F Jaylen Brown decided to enter the draft without representation. The following lists the full first round.
Shortly after the college basketball season had ended this spring, Neil Olshey had targeted his player for the 2016 NBA Draft: Jake Layman, a sharp shooting wing from Maryland who could defend and play multiple positions. “Neil and I have been talking about Jake for the past two months,’’ agent Mark Bartelstein said. “He was a guy Neil really targeted. He told me if he could trade into the second round, he was a guy they would really go after.’’
Projected lottery pick Marquese Chriss has agreed to terms on a multiyear footwear and apparel endorsement deal with Nike, sources told The Vertical. The deal was negotiated by agent Rob Pelinka of Landmark Sports.
Brown, a one-and-done wing who played at California, has made the rare move to enter the NBA draft without hiring a primary agent to handle his team negotiations. He is leaning on the National Basketball Players Association for advice and assistance during his predraft preparations. He did, however, look to agent Aaron Goodwin to negotiate his shoe deal. Goodwin has long been viewed as a marquee agent for shoe deals, having negotiated some of the most lucrative endorsement contracts in the industry, including LeBron James’ and Kevin Durant's rookie shoe deals with Nike, and Dwight Howard and Damian Lillard's signature shoe deals with adidas.
Emiliano Carchia: Latvian big-man Ilja Gromovs has signed with agent Chris Patrick of Relativity Sports. He'll start working out for NBA teams this week
Indiana junior forward Troy Williams will remain in the NBA Draft and sign with agent Stephen Pina of ASM Sports, sources confirmed to SNY.tv. The 6-foot-7 Williams averaged 13.3 points and 5.8 rebounds last season at Indiana. He is currently projected as the No. 48 pick in 2017 by DraftExpress.com.
Jeff Goodman: Indiana’s Troy Williams is signing with Andy Miller’s agency (ASM), sources told ESPN. His departure was first reported by @Gregg Doyel
Michael Scotto: Isaiah Whitehead will remain in the NBA draft and sign with agents Andy Miller and Stephen Pina of ASM Sports, per league sources.
Jeff Goodman: Seton Hall’s Isaiah Whitehead will remain in the NBA Draft. Confirmed by his agent, Andy Miller. “We are extremely excited to add Isaiah.”
New Jersey native Malachi Richardson is one of the hottest prospects in the lead-up to the NBA Draft. The Syracuse guards stock was so high that he recently signed an agent and will officially be leaving Syracuse for the league and some project him as high as a lottery pick.
Jeff Goodman: Syracuse freshman Malachi Richardson told ESPN he has signed with Andy Miller. College career is over.
Keith Pompey: #Cuse G Malachi Richardson to sign agent Stephen Pina of ASM, according to source. He's definitely staying in draft. https://t.co/TFr9JfzPFr
Adam Zagoria: Cheick Diallo will sign with an agent on Monday, source tells @SNYtv. Really helped himself this week.
Hoops Rumors: Agents Matt Babcock and Adie von Gontard of APAA Sports Group have signed former Texas Longhorn Cameron Ridley, @HoopsRumors has learned.
Maryland forward Robert Carter Jr. has signed with Life Sports Management in preparation for the NBA draft in June, according to a tweet from CBS Sports’s Jon Rothstein.
Jon Rothstein: Former Maryland big man Robert Carter told @CBSSports that he's signed with Life Sports Management.
Keith Kreiter: Proud to announce Yogi Ferrell, All-American PG & the all-time assist leader at IU, has joined the #EdgeFamily- btn.com/2016/03/06/wat…
Jeff Goodman: Former Indiana standout Yogi Ferrell has signed with Keith Kreiter of Edge Sports International.
Jeff Goodman: Former St. John's big man Chris Obekpa, who sat out last season at UNLV, has signed with agent Aaron Turner. College career is over.
Wooden Award Winner Buddy Hield of Oklahoma has signed with Rob Pelinka of Landmark Sports, who will do both contract & marketing, according to a source. The signing could mean two lottery picks for Pelinka, who already signed Washington's Marquese Chriss. Pelinka, who represented Kobe Bryant, also counts James Harden as a client.
Marc J. Spears: LA-Lafayette 6-10 F Shawn Long signed with agent Colin Bryant (Max Deal Sports). Sun Belt Student Athlete of Year. Avg. 18.9 ppg., 12.1 rpg.
Liz Mullen: Gonzaga F Domantas Sabonis has signed with @wasserman for representation in the NBA draft. Greg Lawrence & Jason Ranne will co-rep him.
Per a press release from the company, Wasserman today announced the signing of two NBA Draft prospects – Georges Niang and Stephen Zimmerman. Niang will be represented by agents Thad Foucher and Makhtar Ndiaye and Zimmerman by agent Darren ‘Mats’ Matsubara. Both have signed with Wasserman for representation in all areas.
Power forward Guerschon Yabusele will enter the draft, agent Andrew Morrison told Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress (Twitter link). The 6’8” French native is considered a second-round prospect by ESPN Insider Chad Ford’s Big Board has him at No. 45 overall.
Shams Charania: Xavier junior Jalen Reynolds has decided to remain in the 2016 NBA draft and has hired agents Mike Silverman and Brandon Grier of Athlete Management Group. Reynolds, a 6-foot-10 forward, averaged 9.6 points and 6.5 rebounds in 34 games this season. Reynolds, 23, is ranked by DraftExpress as the No. 21 junior in the country.
YouFirstBasket: We are glad to announce that @ThiasLsf has decided to enter his name in the 2016 @NBADraft #YouFirstClient Good Luck
Jeff Goodman: Damian Jones heading to NBA and will sign with Austin Brown of CAA, sources told ESPN.
Michael Scotto: Demetrius Jackson (Notre Dame) will sign with Priority Sports, a league source tells Sheridan Hoops.
David 'Dubi' Pick: Kentucky guard Jamal Murray, source said, leaning toward Excel Sports for NBA representation.
Boise State junior James Webb III has hired an agent after declaring for the NBA draft last month. Webb hired agent Charles Briscoe of Briscoe Sports Management on Wednesday night, which means he will not be eligible to return to Boise State. Webb did not hire an agent immediately when he initially declared for the draft March 27.
Liz Mullen: Brandon Ingram, Duke F and top NBA Draft prospect, has signed with agent Jeff Schwartz of @excelsm for representation on and off the court.
Marc J. Spears: Ex-Michigan Star star Denzel Valentine tells @espn @TheUndefeated he is signing with @Wasserman agent B.J. Armstrong https://t.co/W8aCPL3Cfl
Steve Kyler: Baylor forward Taurean Prince has signed with Aaron Turner of Verus Management https://t.co/OA1kck1X6G
Caris LeVert: Blessings on blessings.. Officially joined the @RocNation fam! Excited about the next chapter
Seth Cohen: Proud to officially be chosen to rep @_jameskelly24 James Kelly of Marshall University. Work begins now. #Verus
Jon Rothstein: West Virginia's Devin Williams has not signed with agent but plans to do so, sources told @CBSSports.
There will be a college prospect in the next few weeks who will declare for the draft, and the move will have you scratching your head. The first question you will ask yourself is, “Why would he put his name in?” The second: “Did he hire an agent?” If the player hired an agent then there could be a backdoor deal between a team and the agent; if not, then the player likely has been given bad advice.
Once a team makes a guarantee to an agent, the process of “shutting down” commences. Similar to the witness protection program, the agent, player and team agree that the player will go into hiding for the next two months. The player will not have any draft workouts, no medical information will be shared and the player will not visit teams for interviews. Usually a mysterious injury creeps in to disguise the side deal. From a team standpoint, it is business as usual on how it conducts the process of bringing in players to work out and interview.
There are circumstances, however, when a team with a late lottery pick will guarantee a prospect who will be drafted in the top five. In that type of situation, the player will continue to work out for teams in the early part of the lottery. That type of arrangement is called the “soft promise” and there is a clear understanding between team and agent that the player will likely be drafted before it picks.
Jon Rothstein: Vanderbilt's Wade Baldwin will declare for the 2016 NBA Draft and sign with an agent, sources told @CBSSports.
LSU junior guard Tim Quarterman will declare for the 2016 NBA draft and hire an agent, league sources told The Vertical.
Quarterman, a 6-foot-6 point guard, is expected to sign with professional representation on Monday and forgo his right to return to LSU before the May 25 deadline, sources said.
Boise State junior James Webb III will declare for the 2016 NBA draft, league sources told The Vertical. Webb won’t immediately hire an agent, but plans to do so as the predraft process progresses, sources said. Webb is among a flood of players vying to be selected in this year’s draft while maintaining flexibility with their representation decision.
Zimmerman, 19, plans to sign with an agent and eliminate the opportunity to withdraw and return to college basketball before the NCAA's May 25 deadline, sources said.
Joshua Adams: Extremely happy to join & proud to announce that I've signed and joined the BDA family. Thank you to everyone who has believed and supported
Dave McMenamin: LSU freshman sensation Ben Simmons is currently in Cleveland with agent Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, a league source told ESPN.com. No word whether Paul has finalized a deal to represent Simmons yet, however.
Jorge Sierra: Georgia State's Kevin Ware has signed with Mansfield Sports Agency. Averaged 11.6 ppg in his second season following terrible injury.
LSU freshman star Ben Simmons, a possible No. 1 overall NBA draft pick, plans to sign with the LeBron James-funded Klutch Sports agency for his pro representation, league sources told The Vertical. Rich Paul of Klutch Sports will serve as Simmons' agent.
Within the basketball industry, it has been understood that Klutch has been the only real pro representation that Simmons has considered. Simmons, a native of Australia, has been the subject of a serious courtship by James, Paul and Klutch Sports since attending the LeBron James Skills Academy in 2014.
September 26, 2021 | 6:15 am EDT Update
“The NBA should insist that all players and staff are vaccinated or remove them from the team,” NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar tells Rolling Stone. “There is no room for players who are willing to risk the health and lives of their teammates, the staff and the fans simply because they are unable to grasp the seriousness of the situation or do the necessary research. What I find especially disingenuous about the vaccine deniers is their arrogance at disbelieving immunology and other medical experts. Yet, if their child was sick or they themselves needed emergency medical treatment, how quickly would they do exactly what those same experts told them to do?”
Irving, who serves as a vice president on the executive committee of the players’ union, recently started following and liking Instagram posts from a conspiracy theorist who claims that “secret societies” are implanting vaccines in a plot to connect Black people to a master computer for “a plan of Satan.” This Moderna microchip misinformation campaign has spread across multiple NBA locker rooms and group chats, according to several of the dozen-plus current players, Hall-of-Famers, league executives, arena workers and virologists interviewed for this story over the past week.
When asked directly about Irving’s vaccination status — or his plans to change it — multiple people familiar with his thinking declined to answer directly. But one confidant and family member floated to Rolling Stone the idea of anti-vaxx players skipping home games to dodge the New York City ordinance… or at least threatening to protest them, until the NBA changes its ways.
“There are so many other players outside of him who are opting out, I would like to think they would make a way,” says Kyrie’s aunt, Tyki Irving, who runs the seven-time All-Star’s family foundation and is one of the few people in his regular circle of advisors. “It could be like every third game. So it still gives you a full season of being interactive and being on the court, but with the limitations that they’re, of course, oppressing upon you. There can be some sort of formula where the NBA and the players can come to some sort of agreement.”
A spokeswoman for Irving declined to respond to a list of questions regarding his vaccination and playing status, and Irving did not immediately respond to a message from Rolling Stone. But as teams return to pre-season training camps next week, fifty to sixty NBA players have yet to receive a single vaccine dose, league sources tell RS. Most are considered merely reluctant skeptics. Some of the holdouts, however, amount to their own shadow roster of anti-vaxxers mounting a behind-the-scenes resistance to Covid protocols — and the truth.
Isaac considers un-vaxxed players to be vilified and bullied, and he thinks “it’s an injustice” to automatically make heroes out of vaccinated celebrities. He rejects the NBA’s proposal for a vaccine mandate and social distancing for players like him during team travel: “You can play on the same court. We can touch the same ball. We can bump chests. We can do all those things on the court. And then when it comes to being on the bus, we have to be in different parts of the bus? To me, it doesn’t seem logically consistent. “If you are vaccinated, in other places you still have to wear the mask regardless. It’s like, ‘OK, then what is the mask necessarily for?’” Isaac continues. “And if Kyrie says that from his position of his executive power in the NBPA, then kudos to him.”
Enes Kanter — the veteran center, devout Muslim and outspoken liberal — senses a creep of the religious right upon his workplace, which just happens to involve players like Isaac sweating all over him and yelling in his face: “If a guy’s not getting vaccinated because of his religion, I feel like we are in a time where the religion and science has to go to together,” he tells RS. “I’ve talked to a lot of religious guys — I’m like: ‘It saves people’s lives, so what is more important than that?’”
In their sit-down interview back in August, Durant and Green rehashed the incident and how it ultimately affected KD’s decision to leave the Warriors. Surprisingly, KD claimed it wasn’t the beef itself that pushed him away, but the way Steve Kerr, Bob Myers and the front office handled things. “It wasn’t the argument,” the former Warriors star said. “It was the way that everybody … Steve Kerr acted like it didn’t happen. Bob Myers tried to just discipline you and think that would put a mask over everything. I really felt that was such a big situation for us as a group, the first time we went through something like that. We had to get that s— all out.”