Mike George Rumors
Ahead of his free agency, Burke switched agents last month from Toronto-based Mike George to Sam Permut of New York-based Roc Nation. “Timing was very, very important for me,” Burke said. “It was already something I was kind of thinking about doing but a lot of people may look at it and think that my past agent Mike George that he wasn’t doing his job but that wasn’t the case at all. “I just believe what I’m looking for in my career and where I’m trying to go, I feel like Roc Nation was a better fit for me, if that makes sense. Obviously being here in New York, Mike being in Toronto, I just felt like it made more sense. It wasn’t an easy decision. I think a lot of people look at it like he fired his agent. That’s one of the hardest things to do especially when you have a good relationship with your agent so I just think it’s the best fit for me and it’s a decision I wanted to make for my career. I knew if I wanted to make it I knew I didn’t want it to prolong throughout the season and be something on my mind. I wanted to get it done right then and there.”
Mike George, an NBA agent who had been working at Excel Sports Management for the last five years, has opened his own agency in Canada and will co-represent several NBA players with his former employer. George’s new agency is called One Legacy Sports Management and is based in Toronto. Together with Excel, One Legacy will co-represent Magic center Khem Birch, Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks, Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Nuggets guard Jamal Murray, Bucks center-forward Thon Maker, Mavericks forward-center Dwight Powell and Nets guard Rashad Vaughn.
Birch, Brooks, Murray and Powell are Canadian. George is Canadian and was a teacher, coach and co-founder of CIA Bounce, a Canadian AAU basketball program that has produced NBA players, including Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins. He became an agent in 2013 when he joined Excel. “It’s just something I wanted to do, especially in Canada,” George said of starting his own agency. “There’s never been a major sports basketball agency in Canada, so it’s the first one.” Both George and Jeff Schwartz, Excel founder and president, who’s also an NBA agent, said George’s departure from Excel was amicable.
Excel Sports Management has signed Wizards G TREY BURKE for representation on and off the court. Excel agent MIKE GEORGE will represent Burke, who was the No. 9 overall pick in the ’13 NBA Draft. Burke had been represented by CAA Sports, but he left that agency last year.