Prominent NBA Agent Miller Relinquishes Union Certification Amid FBI College Hoops Probe
ASM Sports Founder & President Andy Miller has relinquished his NBPA certification and will "no longer represent players in contract negotiations," according to a union memo cited by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com. Miller, who was representing dozens of NBAers including Raptors G Kyle Lowry, Knicks F Kristaps Porzingis and Raptors F Serge Ibaka, is "considered to be part of the FBI's probe into college basketball." Sources said that many of Miller's former clients are "expected to remain with other agents in the company" (ESPN.com, 12/6). YAHOO SPORTS' Forde & Thamel wrote the move "highlights the reverberations of the federal investigation into college basketball recruiting." Miller is "best known" for representing former NBAers Chauncey Billups and Kevin Garnett. While Miller’s power and client list has "faded in recent years," his company is "listed as the seventh biggest in the NBA." While the messaging from the NBPA "makes it appear that Miller walked away, the common belief in the NBA agent world is that he’d been pushed out." Miller is linked to the FBI probe "because he employed Christian Dawkins, one of the 10 men arrested in September in relation to the scandal, as a runner to help obtain clients." Miller "publicly fired Dawkins after it came out that he’d run up more than $40,000 on the credit card" of Magic G Elfrid Payton without permission. Miller has "lost at least six clients since the scandal broke in late September," including T'Wolves C Justin Patton (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 12/6).