Agents make empty threat to steer players away from hardliners

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In a lockout filled with — at times seemingly defined by — empty threats, this is my new favorite.

There are agents and players out there very frustrated with the hardline NBA owners. Understandably. Those are the owners who think even the 50/50 deal the sides are close to making is too soft a play. Guys who seem not to care about the games.

Which has led to a lot of rumblings like Alex Kennedy reported at Hoopsworld:

“I don’t want any of my clients playing for Michael Jordan, Paul Allen, Robert Sarver, Dan Gilbert or Peter Holt,” said one agent. “We won’t sign with them, unless they’re willing to really overpay. That’s going to be the only way these hardline owners are going to land any free agents after the way they’ve handled these negotiations.”

I call bull….

Money talks. The same way it talks in getting the lockout solved it will talk when the lockout ends and free agency opens up.

The first chance this agent has to get one of his clients a good payday in Charlotte or Portland he will push the player to sign. It’s always about money and opportunity for players, not which rich guys sits in the luxury box (or courtside).

But go ahead and rant if it makes you feel better. That’s what my five-year-old does.