Thursday, October 6th, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  22 responses

Report: Powerful Agents Now Looking to Aid Billy Hunter

by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

The militant talk of decertification from some of the NBA’s most powerful agents has died down, according to the latest reports, and the player reps are now seeking to align themselves with Billy Hunter and the union.

The agents obviously want the best deal possible for their clients, and at the moment, being combative with the union isn’t viewed as being a very constructive move.

From ESPN:

Those agents — Arn Tellum, Bill Duffy, Dan Fegan, Jeff Schwartz, Leon Rose, Henry Thomas and Mark Bartelstein — had been strong behind-the-scenes advocates of decertification for the Players Association but, according to the source, now believe that the time to do so has passed. None of the agents involved returned calls seeking comment, but a source said the tone of Wednesday’s call was far less militant and anti-union than previous discussions. According to sources, the agents are focused on how they can best help union chief Billy Hunter get a fair deal for the players.

Meanwhile, there are no talks planned for Thursday, and several of the principals are expected to observe the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur Friday and Saturday. That means Sunday could be the only day left to save the Nov. 1 start of the regular season, after commissioner David Stern said Tuesday he will cancel the first two weeks of the regular season in there is no agreement on a new deal by Monday.

It will likely require a small miracle this weekend for the start of the NBA season to be saved.

From the players’ side of things, having everyone on the same page this late in the game certainly doesn’t guarantee anything, but it’s better than the alternative.

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  • Fat Lever

    So after the agents were chastised like children by their players for mentioning de-cert, now they hop on board with the PA? This is like a soap opera.

  • RunNGun

    LMAO at the agents… the players own this league.

  • http://slamonline.com AlbertBarr

    LMAO @ Caveman; SHOMER F@CKING SHABBAS! (But it is someone tell that KRAUT in the league office…funnier)

  • bike

    How powerful can these agents be if they flip flop on de-cert in 24 hours? Agents are gutless, slimy, parasitic bottom-feeders.

  • jayb

    that is great! lets get this done cause i want a full season and i want my kobe xmas day kix…nuff said!

  • Clos1881

    @jayb I’m with you I can’t imagine just watching college bball this year even tho my tarheels will win it all you don’t get the same level of individual greatness as you do in the NBA.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    I’m good.
    I’m REALLY good because, I CALLED it.
    That man (Hunter) needs help.

  • Duke Fan

    Tarhills my a$$, yall won’t win shhhh

  • http://slamonline.com YoLu

    First year I get season tix and they pull this ish… smh

  • Chukaz

    the reason the agents flip-flopped like that is cuz some players threatened to fire them if they persisted with the desertification sh*t. I know Rip Hamilton told his agent that he’d leave him and take other players with him and Billups said that if his agent was part of this he’d look for representation elsewhere

  • Marco

    These bastards agents, now they also desertify things…

  • johnson

    Billups is a BOSSSSSSS (rick rosses voice)

  • LA Huey

    Haha. Fall in line.


    52% for the players and 48 % for the owners. That’s the deal that should be taken to save the season and avoid missing any games, or worse an entire season. Giving up 5% of BRI is quite a giveback, when you cosider 1% right now is equivalent to about 40 million dollars. Once they agree on how to split up the BRI, the rest of the CBA is just window dressing. Make it happen Stern and Hunter!

  • Jerome

    It would be cool to see a season, but honestly I am tired of the whole mess. Puff or get off the pot.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    At midnight all the agents and the superhuman crew come out and round up everybody that knows more than they do…

  • Robb

    they didnt flip-flip, the time HAS passed. When the media talked about it and they didnt do it, it was already too late. Now theyre in the hands of the owners because they were too stupid to not do it.

  • Snyper48

    @Chukaz,desertification? Like deserts expanding?

  • Ian Powers

    They’re trying to cover their asses now. They’re not standing behind Billy out of the kindness of their hearts. They’re little plan went sour on them.

  • http://slamonline.com the nerve

    dem hos still cryin bout who gittin what? man gtfoh

  • hushabomb

    There’s only 1 reason the agents are getting involved. So when their player gets a max contract, they can get a bigger cut of the pie. Otherwise the agents don’t care cos 99% of the time, you are needing an agent to negotiate a contract.