10 Athletes Who Should Sign with Roc Nation Sports

Giancarlo Ferrari-King@@GiancarloKingFeatured ColumnistApril 2, 2013

10 Athletes Who Should Sign with Roc Nation Sports

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    With the announcement that Jay-Z has started a joint effort with Creative Artists Agency (CAA) called Roc Nation Sports, the world of sports and entertainment has been set ablaze.

    First to sign with the freshly-founded company is none other than New York Yankees second basemen Robinson Cano (via Buster Olney).

    Sure, we've seen this dance before. Like when Ricky Williams signed the worst contract in sports history represented by the now-defunct Master P founded No Limit Sports brand.

    But still, the prospect of a famous celebrity starting up a sports agency is very exciting.

    When the sports and entertainment industries decide to tango together, the world tends to take notice.

    Start the slideshow below and check out 10 athletes who would be a perfect fit for Roc Nation Sports.

Honorable Mention: Jamal Crawford

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    Back in the day, Jamal Crawford was the first NBA player to rock Jay-Z's signature Reebok shoe, the S. Carters, on the hardwood.

    Crawford, already having taken part in a Jay-Z sports venture, would be a wonderful addition to the Roc Nation Sports roster.

    So what are you two waiting for? Let's get the old band back together in 2013!

LeBron James

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    LeBron James seems like an obvious fit for Jay-Z and his new agency. The two men have formed a unique friendship over the years and have been seen together countless times.

    But with King James' childhood friend Rich Paul now serving as his agent and LeBron just leaving CAA (the agency that partnered with Roc Nation Sports), the waters could be a little murky.

    Either way, we're dealing with Jay-Z here. I'm sure something can be worked out.


    *NOTE- As reported by ESPN's Darren Rovell, Jay-Z is also looking to become a certified agent.

    Sources say Jay-Z himself is planning to be a certified agent, first in baseball and eventually in basketball and football. In order to represent clients in basketball, he would have to give up his small share of the Brooklyn Nets.

Deron Williams

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    Sticking with the world of basketball for a second, another good fit for Roc Nation Sports would be Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams.

    Considering Jay-Z owns part of the team and has helped bring the franchise to life, you'd have to figure he has some great relationships with the players.

    But before Williams could sign with the new sports-management imprint, Jay-Z would have to give up his stake in the Nets franchise.

    If this venture is any indication of where his head is at, it's only a matter of time before the man they call Hova gives up his stake in Brooklyn and assumes a full-time role as a super sports agent.

Ashley Cole

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    A few years back, Jay-Z and Chelsea star Ashley Cole formed a strategic partnership to bring Jay-Z's famed 40/40 Club to London.

    Considering these two guys have already done business together, joining forces at Roc Nation Sports seems like a no-brainer.

    Cole would open the door for the company to get into the world of soccer, while Jay's agency could keep expanding their sports brand on a global scale.

    Seems like a great fit.

CC Sabathia

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    Another New York Yankee who could find his way over to Roc Nation Sports could be CC Sabathia.

    Sabathia, the burly, left-handed ace, is frequently seen hanging around in New York.

    Already having celebrated his birthday bash at Jay's 40/40 club proves that these two guys have some sort of friendship.

    With Robinson Cano already on board, Roc Nation Sports would welcome Sabathia with open arms to their ever-expanding family.

Nerlens Noel

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    In 2011, pictures surfaced showing Jay-Z in the University of Kentucky locker room celebrating with the team.

    After receiving a $50,000 fine and a verbal warning, Hova backed off his collegiate locker room appearances for a while.

    Still, the fact remains for these college kids coming out of school, Jay-Z serves as an icon.

    His music, his brand and his legacy are three things that set him apart from your run-of-the-mill agent.

    With his desire to land star talent and his ties to Kentucky in the past, projected No. 1 NBA draft pick Nerlens Noel would be a perfect fit to join up with Roc Nation Sports as their first big-time NBA player.

Bryce Harper

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    Bryce Harper, aka the future of baseball, eventually is going to sign a record-breaking contract.

    Currently signed with super agent Scott Boras, Harper could be another guy who decides to jump ship and find a safe haven over at Roc Nation Sports.

    Loaded with an earth-shattering amount of swagger and marketing potential, a Bryce Harper Roc Nation marriage would be a match made in heaven.

    For a young, influential kid like Bryce, having Jay-Z at your side can open a ton of doors in the world of sports entertainment.

Chris Paul

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    Look, Chris Paul is going to make a ton of money this offseason. Whether he stays with the Los Angeles Clippers or he finds another home, CP3 is going to rake in some cold, hard cash.

    At the moment, Paul is being represented by one of the best agents in the business today (Leon Rose of CAA). But the dynamic NBA guard in all honesty would be a perfect fit for Jay and his team.

    Since CAA has partnered with Roc Nation Sports, perhaps a smooth transition over to the Jay-Z imprint wouldn't be that complicated to pull off.

    Regardless of the details, being an endorsement machine and having the ability to ooze swagger makes CP3 a cash cow to whoever represents him.

Dwight Howard

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    Dwight Howard is all about that entertainment life—the guy just adores the spotlight.

    With a fresh payday on the horizon and a thirst for getting involved with the entertainment industry, is there a better fit for Roc Nation Sports than big Dwight?

    Come on Dwight! It's time to link up with Jay-Z, get your street cred up and take over the world.

Andrew Wiggins

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    Andrew Wiggins is the most highly sought-after high school basketball recruit in the world today.

    Loaded with an obscene amount of talent, most experts are expecting Wiggins to be another classic "one-and-done" collegiate player.

    While this may be jumping the gun by a few years, it would be foolish for Roc Nation Sports not to go after Wiggins when he decides to make the leap to the NBA.

    Because let's be honest—who doesn't want to represent a future No. 1 pick in the draft?

Adrien Broner

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    Adrien Broner is the next big thing in the world of boxing.

    He's arrogant, he's skilled and he's undefeated.

    Broner not only represents the future of boxing, but he also represents the future of combat sports as a whole.

    Being a must-watch, dynamic young fighter, Broner and Roc Nation Sports would go together like Jack Daniels and brutal hangovers.

    While Broner is signed to Golden Boy Promotions to piece together his fights, Roc Nation Sports could serve as an anchor for great endorsement deals and other marketing opportunities.

    A guy with Floyd Mayweather potential written all over him, it's time for Jay-Z and company to target Adrien "The Problem" Broner.