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Hoops Insider William Wesley Reportedly Set To Join CAA As Agent

Greentree Mortgage broker William Wesley is "close to formalizing an agreement with Creative Artists Agency to work for the company as an agent" for NBA and college basketball coaches, according to sources cited by Seth Davis of SI.com. The sources indicated that Wesley has "been in conversations for several months with CAA," which represents "two of the basketball figures who are most often linked" to Wesley -- Cavaliers F LeBron James and Univ. of Kentucky men's basketball coach John Calipari. Wesley is "close friends" with James' agent, CAA Sports' Leon Rose. One source said the Wesley-CAA deal is "imminent" and likely will be signed this summer. Davis noted Wesley will "focus mainly on representing NBA coaches but will also represent some college coaches as well." His decision to become an agent marks an "uncharacteristic shift into a public role for a man who has long been content to operate behind the scenes." Wesley's connections "throughout all levels of basketball have earned him the nickname 'World Wide Wes.'" In addition to his relationship with Calipari, Wesley has "developed many other friendships with college coaches across the nation," which will "ostensibly provide Wesley with a rich pool from which he can select his prospective clients for CAA" (SI.com, 3/5).

GETTING INTO THE GAME: In Phoenix, Mike Sunnucks reports local law firm Snell & Wilmer LLP this month "launched a subsidiary called Athlete Management Professionals LLC, which will represent professional athletes in contract negotiations and help them with endorsement, equipment and marketing deals." Snell finance attorney TRAVIS LEACH serves as Managing Partner of AMP, which is based at Snell's downtown Phoenix HQs and "plans to focus largely on football and baseball players." Leach said that AMP "already has 10 athletes signed up, and Snell does other legal work for 10 pros unrelated to the management side." He noted that AMP's "most high-profile client" is NFL free agent LB JOEY PORTER (PHOENIX BUSINESS JOURNAL, 3/5 issue).

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