Klay Thompson ends six-year relationship, switches agents

Klay Thompson ends six-year relationship, switches agents

After six years with respected agent Bill Duffy, Warriors guard Klay Thompson has jumped to another highly credible agency.

Thompson recently signed with the Greg Lawrence of the Wasserman Media Group, which will represent him in all negotiations.

Duffy on Monday confirmed that Thompson had moved on, informing CSNBayArea.com that he respects the decision.

The Wasserman group last year assumed control of Thompson’s off-court deals, while Duffy’s group, BDA Sports Management, continued to be responsible for NBA contracts.

Thompson’s decision to utilize Wasserman for all aspects, first reported by Sports Business Journal, comes with the three-time All-Star in the second season of the four-year, $69-million deal negotiated by BDA in October 2014.

The move comes with Thompson’s shoe company, Anta, attempting to reach a multiyear extension. His current deal, negotiated by BDA, expires in 2020.

Wasserman, which formerly employed Warriors general manager Bob Myers, has two other Warriors as clients, as B.J. Armstrong represents Draymond Green and JaVale McGee.

Report: Derrick Rose 'has committed to sign' with Cavs

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Report: Derrick Rose 'has committed to sign' with Cavs

The Cleveland Cavaliers appear to be adding a former MVP to the roster.

Free agent point guard Derrick Rose has "committed to sign" with the defending Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers, according to The Vertical.

The pact is expected to be a one-year, $2.1 million deal, according to ESPN.

In one season with the Knicks, Rose appeared in 64 games. He averaged 18.0 points, 4.4 assists and 3.8 rebounds in 32.5 minutes.

News of Rose joining the Cavs comes as trade winds swirl around starting point guard Kyrie Irving.

Drafted No. 1 overall in 2008, Rose spent the first eight years of his career with the Bulls and won the 2010-11 NBA MVP.

Adam Silver feels bad for Cleveland: 'Where there's smoke, there's fire'

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Adam Silver feels bad for Cleveland: 'Where there's smoke, there's fire'

When Adam Silver speaks, you listen (or in this case, you read what he said).

The NBA Commissioner joined The Rich Eisen Show on Monday morning and was asked the following question:

"Are you ecstatic of all this news, all the drama that's being played out in all these rosters in free agency?"

Silver's answer was kind of surprising.

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"I love the interest. I'm not ecstatic about the drama," Silver began. "I feel bad for whatever is going on in Cleveland, and I have no first-hand information.

"But I assume where there's smoke, there's fire. Brian Windhorst has sort of been cataloguing LeBron's career for a long time, and he usually has very accurate insights from that team."

Last Friday, Windhorst broke the news that Kyrie Irving requested a trade.

LeBron James was reportedly "blindsided and disappointed."

"It's upsetting to hear that, when you see superstar players who have co-existed -- who had so much success together, obviously three Finals in a row, one championship -- to hear that for whatever reason, there's a sense that they can't continue to co-exist," Silver added. "Yeah, that's drama, but it's not necessarily the kind of drama that the league wants."

The Cavs selected LeBron with the No.1 overall pick in 2003.

The Cavs selected Kyrie with the No. 1 overall pick in 2011.

LeBron can become a free agent next summer, while Kyrie can hit the open market in July 2019.

Will the Cavs give in to Kyrie's request? Stay tuned...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller