The former player agent for San Antonio Spurs star forward Kawhi Leonard filed a complaint in a Florida federal court on Monday, suing his former agency for allegedly withholding payment on commissions he says he’s owed, including on the $94.3 million contract that he negotiated for Leonard in 2015.
NBA agent Brian Elfus is suing Impact Sports Basketball LLC, its owner Mitchell Frankel, Impact — A Sports Management Corp., and the company that bought out all of the Impact-branded sports agencies in 2016, J&S Sports Funding LLC, and its affiliated subsidiaries. Elfus is pursuing up to $5 million in damages against Impact Sports Basketball, Impact, J&S and its subsidiaries for allegedly failing to pay him commissions from Leonard and other clients.
In the world of athlete representation, not a lot of agents — or team executives, for that matter — have nice things to say about other agents. Not so for Austin. “I like him immensely,” said David Falk, the pioneering NBA agent who by his own admission does not feel that way about many rival agents. “There are not a lot of agents I have a great deal of respect for. … He’s a classy guy. He’s an old-school guy. I think he’s very honest. I think he’s very humble. He does a great job for his clients.”
Austin played professionally after college and advanced to the third round of Wimbledon in 1973, the year he reached a high of No. 52 in the world. But after about four years as a pro — “I got worse every year,” he says — he decided tennis was not his future. Austin invested the money he won during his playing career in Southern California real estate, sold a house at a profit and used the proceeds to go to law school at UCLA, graduating in 1980.
BDA Sports has signed several prospects for the NBA draft, including Georgia Tech guard Josh Okogie, Villanova forward Omari Spellman and Texas A&M forward/center Robert Williams. Calvin Andrews is representing Okogie, Marlon Harrison is representing Spellman, and Kevin Bradbury is representing Williams.