Is Andrew Wiggins still going to sign a $148 million max contract extension? Probably!
The big question now will be whether in his previous agent, Bill Duffy, will receive a commission for negotiating that contract.
According to a report from ESPN, Wiggins filed paperwork with the NBA to separate his association with Duffy and representing firm BDA Sports.
The move comes as a shock to many in the NBA sphere, as it certainly is an oddity to release one’s agent directly after negotiating such a large new contract offer.
Meanwhile, it appears that Duffy has already contacted the players association to discuss his rights in a potential tampering case.
Duffy, the chairman of BDA Sports and one of the league’s most prominent player agents, told ESPN on Tuesday that he had recently been made aware of rival agencies and potential start-up enterprises who were recruiting Wiggins with inducements that included no commission fees on contracts.
“We are disappointed that Andrew made this decision, especially after a three-year partnership where we worked closely with Andrew and his entire family,” Duffy told ESPN. “Unfortunately, tampering is a common problem in our industry, and that’s part of the reason why I’ve already been in contact with the NBPA to discuss my rights in this matter. Obviously, whenever Andrew signs the max extension that we negotiated with Minnesota, we will work with the NBPA to make sure that our interests are protected.”
Wiggins and the team still have yet to formally agree to the extension, so it’s not really clear what will happen for any of the parties involved.