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Adrian Wojnarowski: Booker and Towns’ representative, Jessica Holtz, is the first female player agent to secure a max contract — and did it with two super max deals on the same day. Booker and Towns’ representative, Jessica Holtz, is the first female player agent to secure a max contract — and did it with two super max deals on the same day.
“I have these moments where I get the smallest compliment from someone saying, ‘I want to do this because of you. It makes those weeks, months go from I’d like to do this to I need to do this to I can do this.’ You got to have something that pushes you. If I can open one door, 10 doors, 100 doors, I’m going to keep fighting to do that.” The NBA entered the 2020-21 season with roughly 450 players who are represented by a long list of agents. But only three women represented players who were on rosters at the start of the season: Ruiz and two white women, Danielle Cantor and Jessica Holtz.
Who was your first NBA client and what did it mean to you when they said they wanted you to represent them? Danielle Cantor: [Falk] and I sort of co-represented all of the guys we signed between 2007 and until I started Malcolm [Brogdon]. And I was involved in everything, for every single recruiting meeting, every free-agent negotiation, all the draft preparation, draft calls. … And so when Malcolm came along, it’s a lot about timing. It was the right time where I felt I had enough experience. I had the relationships I needed. I had, most importantly, the confidence to know that I could do this on my own. And he believed in me. He is the right kind of person because for what he stands for. And so all of the stars were aligned, so to speak.
What needs to happen to get more women in this field and also more women of color? Jessica Holtz: It really is seeing is believing. [San Antonio Spurs head coach] Gregg Popovich, I love what he did [recently] when [Spurs assistant coach] Becky Hammon was coaching after he was ejected. It was a really important moment in sports to see a woman in a head-coaching job in the NBA, but she was really qualified and he always knew that. And he put her in that position day one, when it wasn’t popular, it wasn’t something that people are necessarily doing. … We need men to be arm in arm with us in order to gain that equal footing, and for men to be able to look past what’s in front of you and say, ‘You know what, she is the best person for the job.’ Even if this isn’t a job traditionally held by women and women of color. And that’s where the men can really step up and help us on this journey.
Additional moves include naming Lisa Joseph-Metelus, Jessica Holtz and Lloyd Frischer as co-heads of client management. This trio works collaboratively to identify, negotiate and execute all off-the-court client business opportunities. In their new roles they will lead a team of 20 employees who have completed more than $550 million in endorsement deals on behalf of their clients.