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Deron Williams

Deron Williams will switch agents to Leon Rose, CAA


Deron Williams is switching agents — we told you that yesterday — but where he has landed may be very good for the New Jersey Nets.

Williams is switching to Leon Rose, part of the powerhouse Creative Artists Agency (CAA) that represents LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and a host of other big-name stars who either have recently joined superstar teams or seems like they might. The news comes via the Salt Lake Tribune (in the city where Williams used to play up until the trade deadline).

Why the move?

Williams is expected to sign with Rose, the source said, with the hope that Rose’s star power will help bring top-tier talent to Brooklyn, which is where the Nets are expected to move for the 2012-13 season.

The only way that backfires is if Williams leaves to join up with other superstars in another city (Williams has a player option and can become a free agent in the summer of 2012). But the lure of Brooklyn and Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov may well make that a gathering spot, plus they have a lot of cap room.

Part of the reason Utah moved Williams in a surprising move at the trade deadline was the feeling they could not keep him past the summer of 2012. That he would do things like switch agents to one that has recruiting power and to a bit city with other superstars.

Carmelo Anthony renews push for trade to New York or Chicago; Denver in no rush


Thumbnail image for anthony_high5.jpgIf you’re wondering why so many — and at times conflicting — rumors are coming out about the Carmelo Anthony trade situation in the last few days, here’s your answer.

Anthony and his CAA team (led by agent Leon Rose) have stepped up to pressure a move before training camp starts, according to ESPN. And the two teams on the top of his list are the Knicks and the Bulls.

None of that is new, this is just a renewed effort to get things done now.

Denver, however, remains in no rush. There are some within the organization that want to make one more push to keep him, to their mind having him around his teammates and the city (and George Karl) gives them one more real chance. The Nuggets three-year, $65 million contract extension offer is still on the table.

In addition, bringing Anthony to camp will make him look like the bad guy, make him the focus of frustrated fans and not the organization. Anthony would like to avoid that, the Nuggets have no such interest.

What’s more, being patent right now might put pressure on teams interested in Anthony to up what they are offering. Denver wants young players and picks to speed along any rebuilding process they would have to start by moving Anthony.

Four teams seem to really be in play — Chicago and New York on Melo’s end, with Houston and New Jersey in the mix as well.

As for when something might go down, don’t expect Denver to be swayed much by the latest pressure.  

The Tom Thibodeau-LeBron James via William Wesley corrolary


The Bulls’ hiring of Tom Thibodeau is in and of itself a great maneuver. Thibodeau, long considered a defensive guru and a major component of the Celtics’ ridiculous defense the last two years. He’s widely respected and was considered an obvious choice (seriously, the Bulls could ink LeBron on the first day of free agency and still find a way to look bad doing it).

But there is another element, and it’s one that bears discussion. Thibodeau recently signed with CAA member (I know, you’ll never believe it) William Wesley. Man, who didn’t see that coming. And as Adrian Wojnarowski outlines in his Yahoo! report this morning, it’s that move that prompted the Bulls to move a little switfter in swooping up Thibs, on account of Wesley’s relationship with James.

The Bulls’ candidacy as a suitor for James began as a trickle, then turned into stream, then became a river, and now it is the broken dam, water rushing down the valley sweeping away homes, livestock, and the occasional 7-11. It reeks of a massive plan, instituted by a team that hasn’t exactly shown a “mastermind” element over the last few years.

What’s more confusing is Wesley’s role in all of this. Wesley’s phenomenally powerful, there’s no doubt about that. But his specific role within the James camp is the subject of conflicting reports. There is a definitive sense that Wesley’s in the room, but the question is whether he’s a vocal participant, or a wallflower. The wallflower idea was growing steam, but then one of his client coaches was hired by a major suitor, one that Woj claims is now in the lead.

But riddle me this.We know the top free agents have been discussing the highs and lows of this whole process for a while. We know CAA is involved in this process. And we know Wesley just recently began formally representing coaches for CAA.

So what happens if the Bulls’ maneuvering sets off an arms escalation and the Nets respond with hiring John Calipari, another Wesley buddy. The ramifications of this kind of approach could develop a power base for CAA and Wesley for years, across multiple teams.

I know, I know, massive speculation is no one’s friend. I’m with you on that. My point is more that it cannot be understated the ridiculous levels the James pursuit has reached. Thibodeau was hired for many legitimate reasons and should make a great head coach.

But having friends of friends never hurt either.