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Brother to remain Porzingis’ on-court agent after Miller’s exit

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ew York Knicks forward/center Kristaps Porzingis will continue to be represented in on-court matters by his brother after his NBA agent Andy Miller gave up his National Basketball Players Association certification.

“Now that Andy does not have his license anymore, not much is changing,” Kristaps’ brother, Janis Porzingis, wrote in an email.

Janis Porzingis is NBPA-certified and has represented his brother with Miller. Another brother, Martins Porzingis, is not certified but is part of the team guiding Porzingis’ career.

Kristaps Porzingis will continue to be represented by brother Janis.
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The 7-foot-3 Porzingis may arguably (and literally) be the most high-profile client of Miller, who voluntarily relinquished his certification to the NBPA earlier this month. Miller represented about 25 NBA players, including Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry and forward Serge Ibaka and Indiana Pacers forward/center Myles Turner.

Miller, founder and president of ASM Sports, did not announce a reason for relinquishing his certification. He at one time employed Christian Dawkins, one of 10 people arrested in a federal investigation of college basketball, and it was widely reported that the FBI raided the agency’s offices in September, but Miller has not been charged.

Unlike Porzingis, most of Miller’s clients did not have another agent listed on the form filed with the NBPA. NBA players usually must wait 15 days before signing with another agent, but the notice sent out to NBA players alerting them that Miller had given up his certification informed them they could sign with other agents at any time.

> ICM SIGNS KURT BUSCH: ICM Partners has signed NASCAR driver Kurt Busch for all off-track endeavors.

ICM agents Matt Sorger and Lou Oppenheim will represent Busch for television broadcasting, marketing and speaking, among other things. He was not previously represented by a broadcast or Hollywood agency.

Busch will continue to be managed by Joe Mulvihill and Whitney Fatone of LiveWire Entertainment.

Busch signed a one-year deal with Stewart-Haas Racing last week. He has won 29 races at NASCAR’s top level, including the 2017 Daytona 500, and was the 2004 series champion.

> CAA SIGNS HELLIE: Creative Artists Agency has signed NFL Network host Dan Hellie. A team of agents will represent Hellie. He was previously represented by IF Management, which merged with The Montag Group.

Hellie joined NFL Network as host of its flagship daily show, “NFL Total Access,” in 2013. He also has worked as a play-by-play announcer for the UFC.

> SPORTSTARS SIGN DRAFT PROSPECTS: Sportstars has signed Florida defensive tackle Taven Bryan and Maryland cornerback J.C. Jackson for representation in the NFL draft.

Brian Mackler and Jonathan Perzley will represent them. Both are juniors but announced their intentions to enter the draft on social media last week.

Bryan has the potential to be selected in the first round, according to Rob Rang, senior draft analyst for CBS Sports.
 
“Bryan lacks the eye-popping statistics one normally associates with top NFL prospects, but he is an explosive athlete whose best football appears to be ahead of him,” Rang said.

TLA Worldwide has signed Bryan, a native of Casper, Wyo., who has been nicknamed “Wyoming Wild Man,” for marketing and all endeavors off the field. TLA Worldwide partner Russ Spielman will represent him.

“He has a ton of personality and depth,” Spielman said. “He’s smart and articulate with diverse interests from computer engineering to hunting and fishing.”

> TWO AGENCIES CO-REPPING LOGAN: Two independent baseball representation agencies, led by agents Kevin Hubbard and James Kuzmich, are co-representing relief pitcher Boone Logan in free agency.

Logan, who played for the Cleveland Indians last season, was previously represented by CAA Sports.

Hubbard owns Denton, Texas-based Hub Sports Management. Kuzmich’s firm, which bears his name, is based in Tempe, Ariz.

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