Thursday, March 25th, 2010 at 10:30 am  |  33 responses

Agents for LeBron, Wade and Bosh Working Together

CBS Sports broke the story that some guy named Wes and other agents representing the three most sought-after players this summer are now housed under the same corporate roof, giving them quite the advantage: “Henry Thomas, the Chicago-based agent for Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, joined forces with Leon Rose, the agent for LeBron James, at Creative Artists Agency. In a move that the parties involved have attempted to portray as unrelated, William Wesley — the ubiquitous ‘World Wide Wes’ — will be joining the coaches’ division at CAA. Wesley, one of the most connected and influential men in basketball due to his ties to James, Kentucky coach John Calipari and essentially every tentacle of the game, will go from being unofficially powerful to officially powerful in the next 2-3 months, according to a source familiar with his plans. What does all of this mean? Simply put, the top three NBA free agents are all under the same representation umbrella — an advantage that will allow them to freely share information about what will be a dizzying, unpredictable free-agent signing period. The college coach who would make the biggest splash and most money if he returned to the NBA soon could be on board in the form of Calipari, via Wesley. It is a nexus of power not seen since 1996, when David Falk represented free agents Jordan, Alonzo Mourning, Juwan Howard, Dikembe Mutombo and others at a time there was no maximum contract,. The domino effect could result in what one rival agent described as “sweeping changes” in the NBA landscape by the time it’s over. ‘I think the process is going to entail three individual circumstances, but the knowledge is centralized on all three,’ one NBA team executive said. ‘It gives them absolute control of the market, for one. You have the three most sought-after clients.”‘

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  • BostonBaller

    Very smart move on their part. Innovative out of the box thinking to maximize their clients’ potential over priced contracts. WOW

  • mattyd

    This may not revolutionize contracts and free agency signing because Stern-bot probably has his machines figuring out a solution to combat this right now. LOL

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    The Sternbot is probably short-circuiting at the moment.

  • BostonBaller

    Why did my 2nd comment come out as mattyd? hahaha

  • BostonBaller

    I’d take Britt Griner to start for the Wiz. You know she’d play some defense at the very least.

  • Yesse

    If they seriously team up the decade’s next champions have been decided. It would be too unfair. It’s like playing NBA 2K10 and cheating yourself the beast players.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Perfectly legal, but as Eboy noted, I think Stern will be calling somebody on this pronto.

  • The Philosopher


  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Smart dudes.

  • LA Huey

    Basketball’s Megazord.

  • Hangtime Hec

    A team composed of Lebron, Wade and Bosh would just spontaneously combust on the hardwood floor. That much talent on one team will cause a chemical reaction with the universe.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    If it wasn’t about the money these 3 would be playing together already…

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    On the business side of things, this is fantastic for CAA and its clients. On the basketball side of things, this has the potential to be disastrous for fans. I love watching all these guys, but the real fun of it is watching them compete against each other. Although, I guess I wouldn’t have to pay for League Pass since all the really good games would be on network and basic cable TV…

  • Dfrance

    I agree with niQ. These guys egos and bank accounts won’t allow them to all be on the same team. It’s a nice thought though.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    LA Huey Posted: Mar.25 at 12:25 pm
    Basketball’s Megazord.
    Lol nice.

  • T-Money

    Leagues can do well with (NFL) or without (MLB)parity. How many teams have a real shot at winning the World Series every year? 4, maybe? Bron, Bosh and D-Wade would be the greatest show on Earth for 100+ games a year.

  • BostonBaller

    I must be getting old, slow or blind but after reading this piece I didn’t feel like they were saying that the 3 would be teaming up on the court but in the negotiations to control the purse strings and other business matters. I thought the piece was all about business and nothing about them becoming teammates. What do I know, I still think my C’s have a shot. lol 1st. hahaha

  • http://theurbangriot.com/ NUPE

    Each of them is going to get a max deals (if they don’t actively decide not to in order to give a team room for somebody else). However, it would be interesting if the Nets get Wall, then Calapari is named head coach of the Nets and Bron/Bosh/Wade all decide to go there as well with Nike paying each an additonal 15 mil to make up for the salary they gave up. Of-course this would never happen and I wouldn’t be good for the L, but something big needs to result from this.

  • ConeyIslander

    LeBron, D-Wade and Chris Bosh with 10 players from a North Dakota JV middle school hockey team can win championships for the next decade!

  • LA Huey

    @NUPE, if that happened, I would literally crap my pants. And if I didn’t lose control of my bowels from the sheer shock of that event, I would go ahead and intentionally crap my pants just to follow through on my word.

  • SK

    Seeing that the Raptors are pretty much set with their pieces for the next few years I hope they just try and sign-and-trade Bosh while packaging in Hedo. Unless we can get a star beside Bosh, but who’ll take Hedo or Bargnani?
    Bosh is not a Max player, and whatever team gets him will undertand soon enough.

  • SK

    The Raptors have issues at point guard, pretty much having two back-ups. And New Orleans and San Antonio have back-ups better than our starters (Collison and George Hill) so where are the Raptors going with this team exactly?
    5th seed at best for the next 3 years? That’s if the Raps don’t screw it up and miss the playoffs altogether this year.

  • kudos

    3 all stars with little defense on one team??? Answer: Phoenix Suns.

    How far would they go?
    Answer: Not even conference finals. -

  • http://www.addictedtobeauty.ca Kevin

    Eboy already said the first thought that popped into my head…

  • Jon

    don’t waste your breath. won’t happen.

  • Jacob (from Australia)

    @kudos I would say the 3 all-stars above all have a pretty decent defensive presence.

    LeBron – 2nd in DPOY last year and his man defense has improved a lot,

    Wade – first guard with 100 blocks and 100 steals since Jordan (as well as the 1st player below 6’5 to even record 100 blocks),

    Bosh – increasily better on the defensive end, just happens to be stuck on the horrible Raptors. (covering for Calderon, Ford, Bargnani, etc.)

    I hope you wouldn’t compare these 3 superstars to the Phoenix trio…

  • doyouwantmore

    The poor GM who has to find a center and a point guard with the four dollars or so left over after the big three get paid. // Nah, Bosh goes deep south, Wade stays in Miami with a Boozer or an Amare and Lebron goes to China for a billion dollars or something.

  • Zomged

    all 3 to new york with david lee and t-mac.

    Pg- t-mac
    sg- wade
    sf- lebron
    pf- chris bosh
    c- david lee

    championship? Yes please very much.

    It can be done

  • ab_40

    lebron will stay in cleveland bosh will go to toronto. and wade will stay in miami where he will be joined by amar’e and some other pieces by sign and trad… beasley is donezo. Joe Johnson will join the clippers. boozer stays in utah but there will be a lot of trade talk from the utah camp and chris paul is gonna demand a trade

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2010/03/paul-pierce-and-the-celtics-hearing-boos/ L

    Bosh will probably leave Toronto and the Knicks I can forsee getting none of these free agents next year. I mean who’s there bench? So you got T-Mac sure sure but he ALWAYS gets injured. Bottom line: Knicks winning a chip is not gonna happen

  • chintao

    ^ As my 3-year-old likes to say, “Never ever, papa!”

  • http://RobertoBurgosHernandez.com Roberto Burgos Hernandez Shorecrest High School Freshman Shoreline Washington

    Lebron wil go miami with wade and bosh will also leave toronto

  • the dad

    very very very possible the chicago bulls starting lineup will be

    derrick rose
    dwayne wade
    lebron james
    chris bosh
    joakim noah

    possible 6th man taj gibson

    the salary cap will allow for these 6 to be on the same team along with another man or 2 making near the league minimum. this will allow for a decent veteran player to be signed for the mid level exception. along with league minimums due to the fact that they will have less than 12 players will allow them to package some players and draft picks for a couple quality role players who will literally play every crap minute available in chicago. if chicago aka paxson actually looks into this and is a somewhat good business man, will make chicago a dominant force barring injuries. this is going under the assumption those 3 would like to play with each other leaving the 4th man joe johnson left out to either play in clipperland, madison squared garden or retuning to the atl.