Sources say the ‘Super Seven’ agents, who wrote a letter to their clients this week asking them to resist making a bad deal with the owners, are working on the details of a conference call to discuss the collective bargaining agreement.
Participants would include Arn Tellem, Billy Duffy, Mark Bartelstein, Dan Fegan, Jeff Schwartz, Leon Rose and Henry Thomas.
Monday’s letter advised the players not to ratify any deal that includes a reduction in basketball-related income beyond the 57 percent or any other systematic changes from the last collective bargaining agreement, which expired July 1.
According to sources, Leon Rose has privately made it known that he is in favor of the decertification strategy that union officials have consistently resisted and deemed a “nuclear option.”
Rose represents LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul, amongst others.
Arn Tellem (Wasserman Media Group), Dan Fegan (Lagardere Unlimited), Bill Duffy (BDA Sports), Mark Bartelstein (Priority Sports), and Jeff Schwartz (Excel Sports Management) are already believed to be in support of that policy.
Jeremy Pargo opted out of his contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv before an August 1st deadeline.
The team has signed Thodoros Papaluokas and Jordan Farmar to fill the void left by Pargo.
“This has absolutely nothing to do with listening to other offers in Europe,” Chicago-based agent Mark Bartelstein said of Pargo’s decision to opt out of his Maccabi deal. “This is all about Jeremy’s dream to play in the NBA. That’s what he wants to pursue.”
Sources in Israel say that the San Antonio Spurs expressed interest in Pargo before the lockout began. Sources in the states contend that several other teams are interested in Pargo.
The New Orleans Hornets acquired a backup point guard in Willie Green on Thursday through a trade with the 76ers but the team is still interested in free agent Jannero Pargo.
“I talked to (Pargo) yesterday and (Thursday) morning and his agent (Mark Bartelstein),” GM Dell Demps said.
“We’re still in discussion and have to see what would be the right situations. I’d still say there’s a possibility he could be on our roster. But I think the ducks have to line up.”
The Detroit Pistons have struck a deal to re-sign bench sparkplug Will Bynum.
Bynum’s agent Mark Bartelstein said Bynum and the Pistons have agreed to a three-year deal worth $10.5 million.
Bynum averaged 10 points and 4.5 assists per game last season for Detroit, his second with the Pistons after a two-year stint with Euroleague power Maccabi Tel Aviv.
The Celtics officially re-signed free-agent swingman Marquis Daniels on Monday.
Daniels agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million deal to remain in Boston, agent Mark Bartelstein confirmed late last week.
Injuries bothered Daniels, who averaged a career-low 5.6 points in 51 games for the Celtics, last season.
With Raja Bell choosing to sign with the Utah Jazz, guard Shannon Brown has moved closer to re-signing with the Los Angeles Lakers, his agent told Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday night.
Lakers general manager “Mitch [Kupchak] and I have been talking and we’re getting there on something,” said Brown’s agent, Mark Bartelstein.
Brown, 24, played 82 games for the Lakers, and averaged a career-high 8.1 points and 20 minutes last season.
The New Orleans Hornets have reached an agreement on a two-year contract with veteran guard Luther Head.
The Hornets are not announcing the deal yet because Head still must pass his physical, but Head’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, told The Associated Press on Saturday that the deal paying Head about $2.5 million over two years is done.
Following a productive meeting with David Lee, the Timberwolves are working to make a deal to bring aboard the free agent.
“They’ve got some ability to make some moves quickly so they’d have the ability to sign David,” Lee’s agent Mark Bartelstein said. “They have a lot of interest. Yes, I’ve been talking to David [Kahn] quite a bit.
“We’re sorting through a bunch of stuff. Hopefully we’ll have a decision in the near future.”
Ime Udoka was disappointed to learn that he was waived by the Trail Blazers on Thursday.
“I’ve been through a lot in my career, and after all I’ve been through, I kind of thought these times were behind me,” Udoka told the Columbian.
“But I’m not going to sit around and be depressed. I’ve worked this hard and put in the work, and I have to be ready for the next opportunity. All I can do is hope one comes up.”
Udoka is hoping to catch on with another team and his agent, Mark Bartelstein, has been talking with Oklahoma City, Denver, Sacramento and Utah.