UCLA junior guard Aaron Holiday has hired agent Charles Briscoe, a partner of Premier Sports Council, forgoing the final year of his eligibility, Briscoe told Yahoo Sports. Holiday announced his plans to declare for the draft last month. Holiday led the Bruins to an NCAA tournament berth this season, averaging 20.3 points, 5.8 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game.
Jared Weiss: Miami’s Lonnie Walker IV is joining Catalyst Sports and will be co-represented by agents Happy Walters and George Langberg, per source. Walker is projected to be a mid first-round pick as we enter NBA Draft workout season.
Edge Sports International: Proud to announce Dakota Mathias @DMathias31 @BoilerBall has joined the #EdgeFamily Dakota has the best 3pt% (46.6) and best A/TO ratio out of any projected draft pick in this year's Class- All-Time Leader in 3pt. shooting in Purdue History #OnTheRise #NBADraft #NBALegit
David 'Dubi' Pick: Villanova's top-10 NBA prospect Mikal Bridges is close to hiring Excel Sports for his representation, sources tell me.
Miles Bridges: God couldn't have placed me in a better place for these last two years. I wanna thank Coach Izzo and the rest of the coaching staff for giving a skinny kid from Flint a chance to play at such a legendary program. I would like to thank the academic support for helping me out everyday. I also want to thank Spartan Nation for welcoming me with open arms into their community and school. And last but not least I would like to thank my teammates for the bond and memories that we will share for a lifetime. I will be a spartan for life no matter what!! With that being said I am entering the 2018 NBA draft and I am signing with Rich Paul and Klutch Sports.
David 'Dubi' Pick: Projected top NBA draft pick Michael Porter Jr. is close to signing with Mark Bartelstein and Priority Sports to represent him, according to league sources.
Me: You went with Jeff Schwarz and Excel to represent you. How did you make that choice? Malik Monk: Me and my brother. Just sat around and talked about it. Jeff looked out for us first instead of himself ... He didn’t care about himself about anything. He talked about us. He didn’t say his name with anything until later on.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Potential No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz has signed with agent Raymond Brothers, league sources tell @TheVertical.
Jorge Sierra: North Carolina guard Nate Britt has signed with agent Derrick Powell of Tandem Sports.
Shams Charania: N.C. State's Dennis Smith Jr. has hired agent Kim Grillier of PSE Sports. Smith worked out for Orlando, scheduling visits in top-10.
Roc Nation Sports has signed three players for representation in this year’s NBA draft, including Villanova guard Josh Hart. Roc Nation also signed Florida State forward Dwayne Bacon and Oregon forward/center Chris Boucher. Joe Branch will represent Hart, Roger Montgomery will represent Bacon and Sam Permut will represent Boucher.
Michael Scotto: Former Kentucky forward Derek Willis has signed with Premier Sports Council agent Charles Briscoe, a league source told Basketball Insiders.
Kennedy Meeks measured 6-10 1/4 with shoes with a wingspan of 7-1. He met only with the San Antonio Spurs at the combine, but expects to have some workouts coming up. “I didn’t have an agent until I got here, so it was kind of a late process,” he said of signing with agent Charles Briscoe.
Michael Scotto: North Carolina center Kennedy Meeks will be represented by agent Charles Briscoe, Basketball Insiders has learned.
Jeff Goodman: Nevada's Cameron Oliver staying in NBA Draft. Has signed with Todd Ramasar of Life Sports Media & Entertainment, Ramasar told ESPN.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Source: Louisville sophomore Donovan Mitchell, who says he's staying in the 2017 NBA Draft, plans to sign with agent Ty Sullivan of CAA.
Adrian Wojnarowski: North Carolina's Justin Jackson signed with Tandem, agent Jim Tanner tells @The Vertical.
Jeff Goodman: Former Ohio State big man Trevor Thompson told ESPN he has signed with Thad Foucher of the Wasserman Group.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: Texas' Jarrett Allen, possible lottery pick in 2017 NBA Draft, signed with agents Derrick Powell and Jim Tanner of @_tandemse.
French point guard Frank Ntilikina has officially decided to enter 2017 NBA Draft, as his agency CAA Sports confirmed to DraftExpress. Ntilikina is projected as a potential top-10 pick and he's the biggest International prospect in the draft.
Michael Scotto: Source: Terrance Ferguson will sign with Rich Paul. Potential 1st round pick turns 19 in May. He's a 6-7 SG with athleticism & 3-point range
Jorge Sierra: Draft prospects OG Anunoby and Tyler Dorsey will be represented by Octagon, we're told.
Ike Anigbogu hired an agent Thursday, ending his basketball career at UCLA after one season. Wearing a UCLA basketball T-shirt, the 6-foot-10 freshman posed for a picture with agent Jason Glushon posted on Twitter as part of Glushon Sports Management’s announcement of its newest client.
Sam Amick: Agent news as draft approaches: Gonzaga's Zach Collins is signing with Mark Bartelstein of @PrioritySports, I'm told. Projected lottery pick
David Aldridge: Kentucky soph guard @ZayBriscoe to sign w/veteran agent Brian Dyke, per league source. 12 ppg, 5.4 assists last year. Potential 2nd rounder.
Michael Scotto: Wisconsin star Bronson Koenig signs with Edge Sports, Basketball Insiders has learned. He's Wisconsin's all-time leader in 3-pointers made.
Glushon Sports Mgmt: Welcome @IkePostrs_ & the Anigbogu family to our family. We're so excited at what the future holds! #Family #UCLA #8Clap #LetsGetToWork
Jorge Sierra: French draft prospect Mathias Lessort has signed with Wasserman and will be represented by Jason Ranne and George David.
Glushon Sports: Welcome @London_Tyus to our family. We can't wait for what the future brings! #UVA #LetsGetToWork #ValleyStyle
Glushon Sports Mgmt: Welcome @drobbb3 and his family to our family. Can't wait for all the great success ahead, on & off the court. #DRob #Gators #LetsGetToWork
Chris Haynes: Nigel Williams-Goss will sign with agent Greg Lawrence of Wasserman, ESPN has learned.
Kansas freshman Josh Jackson has announced he will enter the NBA draft. Jackson, who released a statement on Monday, was the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year after averaging 16.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. He helped the Jayhawks to a 31-5 record and a berth in the NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight. The 6-foot-8 Jackson has signed with former NBA player B.J. Armstrong of Wasserman Media Group.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: Duke's Jayson Tatum signed with agent Jeff Wechsler. FSU's Jonathan Isaac previously signed with Wechsler. Both are lottery picks.
Liz Mullen: Kentucky G & projected NBA lottery pick Malik Monk has signed with NBA agent Jeff Schwartz of @excelsm.
Michael Scotto: Jonathan Isaac has chosen to be represented by Jeffrey Wechsler, league sources told Basketball Insiders. Isaac is a projected top 10 pick.
Jake Fischer: Michigan's Zak Irvin has signed with Edge Sports. DJ Wilson and Moe Wagner are leaning towards entering NBA Draft without rep, per sources.
Jeff Zillgitt: Vanderbilt's Luke Kornet has signed with Jim Tanner and Tandem Sports and Entertainment for his NBA representation
Jeff Goodman: Fox has signed with Happy Walters. Not sure on Monk yet.
Markelle Fultz, Washington: There are, of course, several agents in the mix for Fultz, who could very well be the No. 1 pick this year. But the name that has come up most often is Raymond Brothers, a respected veteran who has mostly older clients, including Zach Randolph and Tony Allen.
Lonzo Ball, UCLA: Any agent he hires is going to have to navigate the tight waters between NBA teams and his outspoken dad, LaVar Ball. The consensus among agents, and pretty much as expressed by LaVar Ball, is that Ball will hire an attorney — a source said that would be Harrison Gaines of SLASH Sports — strictly for contracts and let his father do the negotiating otherwise. There’s some risk to that, and Ball would be wise to ensure he has an NBA-level pre-draft program in place.
Josh Jackson, Kansas: Jackson has been getting a lot of buzz as a potential No. 1 lately, especially if a team that doesn’t need a point guard lands with the top pick. Darren Matsubara of Wasserman Sports is a candidate, as well as LeBron James’ agent, Klutch Sports’ Rich Paul.
Malik Monk, Kentucky: Mike George of Excel is a former AAU coach who is one of the main cogs behind the development of big-time Canadian basketball, including players like Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and Tyler Ennis. But he jumped into the agent’s game four years ago, and is poised to land Monk, a probable lottery pick, this year.
Lauri Markkanen, Arizona: The big Finn impressed as a potential stretch-center, and he is a probable lottery pick should he come out. Michael Lelchitski, who mostly represents international players, including Alex Len, is said to be likely to represent Markkanen.
USC forward Bennie Boatwright has declared for the NBA draft, he said on Wednesday. Boatwright said he will not hire an agent, meaning he will have the option to return to USC.
Michael Scotto: Jawun Evans has chosen to be represented by ASM Sports, league sources told Basketball Insiders. He's a projected first-round draft pick.
Creighton freshman Justin Patton, a possible lottery selection, plans to enter the 2017 NBA draft and sign with an agent, league sources told The Vertical. Patton, 19, will formally announce the decision this week
There are, of course, several agents in the mix for Fultz, who could very well be the No. 1 pick this year. But the name that has come up most often is Raymond Brothers, a respected veteran who has mostly older clients, including Zach Randolph and Tony Allen.
Jackson has been getting a lot of buzz as a potential No. 1 lately, especially if a team that doesn’t need a point guard lands with the top pick. Darren Matsubara of Wasserman Sports is a candidate, as well as LeBron James’ agent, Klutch Sports’ Rich Paul.
Tatum has an outside shot at winding up the No. 1 pick, which could be good news for Jeff Wechsler of 24/7 Sports. Wechsler represented Larry Hughes during his career, and Hughes is Tatum’s godfather. It’s rumored that Tatum could wind up with Wechsler, who has another No. 1 pick, Kyrie Irving, on his roster and is also in the mix for Bam Adebayo of Kentucky.
Adam Zagoria: UCLA's TJ Leaf will declare for the Draft with the intention of signing with an agent, he tells me.
Oklahoma State junior Jeffrey Carroll announced Friday he would test the NBA waters but left open the possibility of returning to school.
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay men could be starting next season without one of their best players. Junior forward Kerem Kanter said on Friday that he plans to declare for the NBA draft this summer. He will not hire a representative or an agent.
On Thursday afternoon, freshman guard Jashaun Agosto informed College Court Report that he had officially declared for the 2017 NBA Draft.
Corey Sanders announced that he is entering his name into the NBA Draft while keeping his options open for a possible return to Rutgers. "After talking to my family and my coaches I have decided to declare for the 2017 NBA Draft without signing with an agent leaving my option to return to Rutgers open,'' the Scarlet Knights sophomore point guard wrote.
La Salle junior forward B.J. Johnson announced Thursday that he will declare for the NBA draft, but won't hire an agent.
Jarrett Allen, the 6-foot-11 freshman forward from the University of Texas will declare himself eligible for the 2017 NBA draft but does not plan to hire an agent per a press release from the school. “I want everyone to know that I am testing the waters with this decision, but I will not be signing with an agent,” Allen said. “Going through this process will allow my family and I to make the best decision possible for my future.
Louisville forward Jaylen Johnson plans to enter the NBA draft but not hire representation, leaving open the possibility of returning to college for his senior year, U of L coach Rick Pitino said Wednesday.
Louisville guard Donovan Mitchell says he will "test the waters" and enter the NBA draft pool but not hire an agent, leaving open the possibility of returning to the Cardinals for his junior season.
Bacon intends on hiring an agent with the help of his coaches after the Final Four, putting any avenue of returning to school out of question.
Former Virginia forward and Memphis star Austin Nichols is declaring for the NBA Draft and will sign with an agent, he told Scout on Tuesday. “First of all I just want to thank the University of Virginia and everything they’ve done for me,” Nichols said. “I left on sort of a bad note, but I learned a lot and I grew a lot at Virginia. I have decided to declare for the NBA Draft and I’m going to be signing with Aaron Turner.”
Jeff Goodman: Wake Forest's John Collins, considered a likely first round pick, will test the NBA waters, but will not sign with an agent, sources told ESPN.
Jorge Sierra: Villanova guard Josh Hart has signed with Roc Nation Sports. pic.twitter.com/SUY31OUdTf
Jon Rothstein: Syracuse's Tyler Lydon will sign with an agent and enter the 2017 NBA Draft, per multiple sources.
Adam Zagoria: Updated Tyler Lydon Story; he hasn't signed w/ agent yet http://bit.ly/2mJf44D via @adamzagoria
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.
March 22, 2023 | 9:21 pm EDT Update
Walt “Clyde” Frazier said he’d been “meandering” all day on Wednesday, one day after the loss of his longtime friend, captain and championship teammate, Willis Reed. “It took me so long to get dressed today,” the famously fashionable Frazier said softly before working Wednesday’s game between the Knicks and the Heat as the longtime analyst for MSG Networks. “It’s been devastating. After seeing him on the video for the 50th anniversary, I didn’t know he was that far gone. Everybody was really surprised.”
Law Murray: Clippers injury report for Thursday night: – Paul George (right knee) out – Norman Powell (left shoulder) out – Brandon Boston Jr. (tailbone) out – Jason Preston (G-League) out – Moussa Diabaté (2-way) out – Xavier Moon (2-way) out
Damichael Cole: A loud standing ovation for Ja Morant in his return to the floor. pic.twitter.com/0LrY2x5Afb
March 22, 2023 | 8:24 pm EDT Update
Mike Brown on Domantas Sabonis: He's as close to Draymond Green as a big man
Sabonis leads the NBA in rebounding and is dishing a career-high 7 assists per game. Every teammate — even Fox — knows to run the wings when Sabonis grabs a defensive board. “He is as close to Draymond Green as any big man I’ve seen in terms of someone who can get it off the glass, bring it up, and make the right play,” says Brown, who coached Green as an assistant in Golden State for six seasons.
During Sabonis’ rookie year in Oklahoma City, Russell Westbrook invited Sabonis to early-morning workouts to go through the nuances of pick-and-roll, says Billy Donovan, who coached that Thunder team. They drilled how to read a defender’s feet, when Sabonis could slip screens, how Sabonis could make himself available for pocket passes. (One of Sabonis’ rookie duties was supplying Westbrook with Snapple for team flights, Sabonis and others on that team recall.) Sabonis was astonished that Fox ceded so much ball handling to him right away, including letting Sabonis rush the ball up after rebounds. “I was really surprised,” Sabonis says. “He has been with the Kings forever. This is his team. He really let me do my thing. Not many franchise point guards would let their big man bring the ball up. He ran with me. He set screens for me. That’s what shocked me most. That’s what made the transition so easy. Neither of us care who is who. We just want to win.”
Sabonis suffered an avulsion fracture in his right thumb and ligament damage in his hand. Fixing it required surgery that would cost between six and eight weeks. The Kings were 17-14, sixth in the West, only a couple games ahead of No. 11. Sabonis wanted to keep playing. “In my mind, sitting out was not an option,” he says. “Six to eight weeks — we can’t risk that.” He asked the team’s medical staff to wait to see if the swelling would subside. It did — enough. He joked that he didn’t use his right hand anyway. After consulting with doctors, trainers, and Sabonis’ agents, the decision was made: He’d play on. The training staff nicknamed him “Wolverine” for his apparent imperviousness to pain.
“He didn’t always understand — this should come from you,” Brown says. “To tape that thumb up and say ‘I’m playing,’ it sets the tone for the whole team. If he and De’Aaron are doing things like that, everyone else falls into line.”
In the weeks before the trade, Thunder officials had talked to Sabonis about playing him more at center — the position he preferred. He pictured himself in Oklahoma City long-term. As free agency approached, Sabonis heard rumors the Thunder might sign Blake Griffin and worried he could end up traded as a result. When news broke that the Clippers had re-signed Griffin, Sabonis was relieved and went to bed to rest up for his summer league game the next day. Minutes later, Thunder officials called to tell him he had been traded. “I was in shock,” he says. “Like, are you joking? I was not so happy.”