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Report: Arn Tellem interested in leading NBPA, but players didn’t consider him

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Michele Roberts has an excellent reputation as a litigator, and she’s experienced in labor law.

But if there’s a question about the National Basketball Players Association’s new executive director, it’s her lack of experience with the NBA.

That’s not an issue for agent Arn Tellem. His clients, according to RealGM, include:

  • Russell Westbrook
  • Derrick Rose
  • DeAndre Jordan
  • Al Horford
  • Pau Gasol
  • Marc Gasol
  • LaMarcus Aldridge

Yet, he was willing to give up representing them as an agent to represent their union.

Nate Jones:

Jones works for Goodwin Sports Management, a rival agency. So, he’s in position to hear rumblings about this sort of thing. But he’s also closer to the situation than might be ideal for spreading information.

Still, Tellem would have made a very interesting executive director. If he committed to the role, I have little doubt he would have helped the players.

However, if he just temporarily took the position, crafted policy to help agents and then returned to his agency, the players would have suffered. I can see why they’d be leery.

Now that they’re going with Roberts, they’ll need to surround her with people more up-to-date on the specifics of NBA business. It’s not an issue the union would have had with Tellem, though Roberts’ outsider status might be a positive in the long run.

Mark Cuban suggests supplemental draft for undrafted free agents

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A lot of people around the NBA have ideas to improve the draft, free agency and the D-League, and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has never been shy about sharing his. His latest idea seems pretty logical: a supplemental draft for undrafted free agents.

Via Hoops Rumors:

“I would have a supplemental draft every summer for undrafted free agents of the current and previous 3 years,” Cuban wrote in an email to Hoops Rumors. “If you are more than 3 years out you are not eligible and just a free agent.”

The supplemental draft would have two rounds, and teams would hold the rights to the players they select for two years, Cuban added. Players can opt out and choose not to make themselves eligible, but those who get picked would receive fully guaranteed minimum-salary contracts when they sign, according to Cuban’s proposal.

“That would make it fun a few weeks after the draft and pre-summer league,” Cuban wrote. “It would prevent some of the insanity that goes on to build summer league rosters.”

It’s an interesting proposition. Most undrafted players who sign during the summer don’t get guaranteed contracts, so when deciding to enter this supplemental draft, they would have to weigh the value of having guaranteed money versus getting to decide where they sign. It’s unlikely that anything like this could happen anytime soon, because of all the hoops to jump through to get the league and the players’ union to sign off on it, but it’s a worthwhile idea that deserves some consideration in the next CBA negotiations.