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Top Clients: Al Jefferson (three years, $41 million), Jarrett Jack (four years, $25 million)
Jeff Schwartz represents a couple of this offseason's big free agents—Nikola Pekovic, Kyle Korver and Jarrett Jack, to name a few—and he's done a great job with just about all of them. But to show how excellent Schwartz has been this offseason, let's focus on just one of his clients: Al Jefferson.
The Charlotte Bobcats signed Jefferson to a three-year, $41 million deal. That's a staggering number when you consider Jefferson's defensive limitations (to put it bluntly, he's terrible) and the fact that his superior frontcourt mate, Paul Millsap, was only able to snag a two-year, $19 million deal from the Atlanta Hawks.
Jefferson's a good offensive player but so poor defensively that his teams are almost always better with him off the court. Last season, the Utah Jazz were actually nine points per 100 possessions better when Jefferson rode the bench, per 82games.com—absolutely crazy when you consider how much he's paid.
And what's funny is despite all that, Jefferson is likely to succeed in Charlotte anyway.
The Bobcats' need for a high-usage player who can rebound and score with reasonable efficiency is so glaring that Jefferson's deficiencies don't even matter. If there's a city willing to overlook Jefferson's slow feet and clumsy close-outs, it's Charlotte, which is pretty much starved for NBA talent right now.
Schwartz has done well by other players—Pekovic appears set to be signed to a massive extension, per Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, and Jarrett Jack is going to have some fun years with the Cleveland Cavaliers. But Jefferson's deal with the Bobcats is by far his best work and the reason he's so high up on this list.