Agents Rumors

Before Adam Silver could deliver his annual state of the NBA address at All-Star Weekend, Charles Barkley beat the commissioner to the punch. The outspoken TNT commentator and Hall of Famer didn’t mince words in a blistering critique of the league’s lack of competitive balance, slamming agents for their role in steering players to Superteams and even predicting future labor strife. “I hear all these clowns on television talking about how it’s great that all these players are exerting their power,” Barkley told a small group of reporters at The Underground, a small music club. “Workers ain’t never going to have power over their ownership. Ever. It might work for a couple guys here or there, but in the history of the world, no workers have ever overtaken the people who own a business. When these guys are sitting home locked out in a couple years, I want you to remember I told y’all that.”
The Lakers, who are seeking a second star to pair with LeBron James, Paul’s close friend and business partner, ultimately struck out in their pursuit. Yet plenty of ugliness ensued in the two weeks of rumors: Lakers players were heckled by rival fans over James’s alleged connection to the affair, and Davis was repeatedly booed by Pelicans fans upset over his desire to leave New Orleans. “Don’t ruin your reputation as a great player and one of the nicest guys in the world,” Barkley said, when asked for his advice to Davis. “Remember: Your agent works for you, you don’t work for him. They handled that situation wrong. It’s going to come back to bite them in the ass.”
In Barkley’s view, though, the Lakers, who reportedly offered a trade package that included Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and multiple draft picks, have no reason to hang their heads about their inability to consummate a deal. “At some point Anthony Davis is going to be with the Lakers,” Barkley predicted. “The fix is in. I actually got a call from Rich Paul. I said, ‘Dude, the fix is in, you know he’s going to the Lakers.’ Once [Davis] signed with Klutch, the fix was in.”
Storyline: Anthony Davis to Lakers?
“They’re only saying that because it’s Rich. When Shaq came to see me play in high school, when A.I. came to see me play in high school, they weren’t saying it was a recruiting trip then. But because it’s Rich Paul and LeBron, now it’s a recruitment trip. “Now Rich is a threat to everybody, and they look at it and they want to keep trying to jab my agent and jab my friend. And what is he doing that’s wrong? They don’t say that about no other agent when other guys go see [players]. They don’t say that about no other agent, but my guy because he’s a threat. “And he’s African-American, too. Throw that in there.”
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Storyline: Draft Agents
“All I care about is respect,” Paul told ESPN. “That’s all. We were just enjoying a basketball game. Didn’t talk to nobody. Didn’t do anything or nothing. But it’s an issue when you see several media people shining a light on it as if it’s a negative thing. But when I was one of his homeboys, one of his ‘posse’ and we went to see Steph Curry in Detroit (for a Davidson-Wisconsin NCAA tournament game in 2008), nobody said anything. Nobody said nothing.”
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