Agent Sues Over Losing Larry Sanders as a Client

by October 29, 2013
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Milwaukee Bucks defensive specialist Larry Sanders got a big payday this summer, and his former agent is steaming mad that he didn’t get a cut. Sanders’ ex-rep is suing over alleged dirty tricks (here’s the full legal complaint). Per the NY Post: “Andy Miller and his ASM Sports agency of Edgewater, NJ, filed suit in Manhattan against powerhouse Beverly Hills firm Relativity Sports, accusing them of playing dirty over Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders. ‘Through the use of private planes, celebrity encounters and hedonistic parties,’ the Manhattan Supreme Court suit claims, Relativity poached Sanders after Miller’s firm turned him from bust to break out star, according to the Manhattan Supreme Court filing. Players are free to switch agents, but agents are barred from using money and other resources to steal clients, under collective bargaining rules. Miller claims his firm picked up Sanders after Relativity dumped him following a disastrous rookie season. Sanders was relegated to the bench for most of 2010-’11 and even suffered the indignity of demotion to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA’ s D-League. ‘Miller helped re-shape Sanders’ attitude toward his physical conditioning,’ according to the lawsuit. ‘Miller made sure that Sanders’ attitude in other areas improved, most notably decreasing the amount of time that Sanders spent partying.’ Sanders came up big in 2012-’13 and scored career highs in points, rebounds and blocked shots. Miller claims he had negotiated a four-year, $41 million contract extension for Sanders before he was suddenly dropped in favor of Relativity and its big-wig execs Happy Walters and Dan Fegan. Sanders’ new reps scored him a four-year, $44 million deal. ‘Larry Sanders returned to the Relativity Sports family and we believe our work on his behalf speaks for itself,’ a Relativity rep said Monday night.”