SBJ/Feb. 3-9, 2014/Labor and Agents

Wasserman signs one active NBAer and one hall of famer

Liz Mullen
Wasserman Media Group has signed New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton and basketball hall of famer/broadcaster Scottie Pippen for representation.

Agents Thad Foucher and Makhtar Ndiaye will represent Felton, who formerly was handled by Dutt Sport Services. Felton is under contract with the Knicks through a three-year deal signed in 2012.
 
 
Felton (left) moves from Dutt Sport Services; Pippen was not repped by an agency.
Photo by: NBAE / GETTY IMAGES; GETTY IMAGES
Debbie Spander
, vice president of broadcasting, will represent Pippen, who was not previously represented by an agency. While Pippen has worked as an analyst for ESPN in the past, he does not have a broadcast deal now.
 
“We are going to work with Scottie to build and expand his brand, especially in the Chicago market,” Spander wrote in an email.

The signings come after Wasserman late last year added Houston Rockets center Omer Asik to its roster of players. Wasserman Vice Chairman Arn Tellem is representing Asik, who formerly was represented by ASM Sports.

Asik is under contract until the summer of 2015, but he has asked to be traded after the Rockets last summer signed Dwight Howard, relegating Asik to being Houston’s backup center.

> LAGARDÈRE SIGNS NFL DRAFT PROSPECTS: Lagardère Unlimited has signed a number of top prospects for this year’s NFL draft, including linebacker Khalil Mack from the University at Buffalo and Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard. Mack was rated the No. 8 prospect in the draft by NFLDraftScout.com last week; Dennard was rated No. 9.

Lagardère also has signed University of Mississippi wide receiver Donte Moncrief, Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller, University of Miami offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson, Kent State wide receiver/running back Dri Archer and Virginia Tech defensive end James Gayle.

Lagardère Unlimited Football President Joel Segal and agents Chafie Fields and Greg Barnett will represent the players.

> CAA SPORTS SIGNS DRAFT PROSPECTS: CAA Sports has signed several top prospects for the NFL draft, including Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan.

CAA Sports also signed Alabama inside linebacker C.J. Mosley, Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert and Notre Dame offensive tackle Zack Martin. NFLDraftScout.com last week ranked Lewan No. 10 on its list of the top 25 NFL draft prospects with Martin at No. 12, Mosley at No. 15, and Gilbert at No. 22.

CAA Sports also signed Ohio State outside linebacker Ryan Shazier, Stanford linebacker Trent Murphy and Virginia Tech cornerback Antone Exum.

CAA Sports agents Jimmy Sexton, Tom Condon, Ben Dogra and R.J. Gonser will represent the players.

> KELLEY DRYE SIGNS DRAFT PROSPECTS: The sports and entertainment group of national law firm Kelley Drye & Warren, headed by agent Adisa Bakari, has signed several players for the NFL draft, including Auburn outside linebacker/defensive end Dee Ford and Wisconsin running back James White.

Bakari also signed Florida State outside linebacker Telvin Smith, Notre Dame linebacker Prince Shembo, Louisville safety Hakeem Smith, Appalachian State wide receiver Tony Washington, and Texas A&M linebacker Nate Askew.
 
New York-based Kelley Drye & Warren got into the NFL player representation business last year when it hired Bakari from law firm Dow Lohnes.

> CAA SIGNS GARDINER: Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner has signed with CAA Sports’ hockey division for representation.

CAA Hockey co-head Pat Brisson along with CAA Hockey agent Chris Lacombe will represent Gardiner, who was named to the NHL All-Rookie team after the 2011-12 NHL season. He was formerly represented by Octagon.
“Jake has a lot of upside as a young defenseman,” Brisson said. “He could burn a lot of minutes in each game and could be pretty dangerous offensively.”

Liz Mullen can be reached at lmullen@sportsbusinessjournal.com. Follow her on Twitter @SBJLizMullen.

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