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SBD/September 13, 2012/Labor and Agents
Sources: LeBron James Leaving CAA Along With Agent Rich Paul
Published September 13, 2012
MOVING FORWARD: In Ft. Lauderdale, Ira Winderman notes Paul has “emerged with a significant roster of clients of his own," including Bobcats F Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Cavaliers F Tristan Thompson and Trail Blazers G Jonny Flynn. A source said that James’ parting with CAA “is amicable and is not a reflection of any James unease with CAA,” and teammates G Dwyane Wade and F Chris Bosh -- who are also repped by CAA -- have both been “made aware of the impending move.” Winderman notes the CAA link “was cited among the factors that brought the three stars together during 2010 free agency” (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 9/13). ESPN.com’s Brian Windhorst cited sources as saying that James is “not making the move because of any hard feelings with Rose or his longtime partner William ‘Wes’ Wesley” (ESPN.com, 9/12). YAHOO SPORTS’ Marc Spears writes Paul is “working to soon become officially certified as an agent.” His new agency will be “based in his hometown of Cleveland” (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 9/13).