NBA Rumors: Which Free Agents Will Attract the Most Interest in Offseason?
It is impossible for this year’s NBA offseason to compete with the interest of last year, which saw some of the best players in the history of the game became free agents. Three of them—LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh—landed in Miami. Carlos Boozer went to Chicago and Amar’e Stoudemire went to New York.
We saw big moves at the trade deadline, such as Deron Williams to New Jersey and Kendrick Perkins to Oklahoma City, but none bigger than Carmelo Anthony being moved from Denver to New York.
The NBA is currently flourishing following an exciting season, which culminated in one of the most epic NBA Finals in history when Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Heat.
Who will Mark Cuban bring in to help secure a repeat in 2012? Will their own free agents be back to help them win?
More importantly, who will Miami, Los Angeles, Boston, New York, Chicago, Oklahoma City and the rest of the contending teams bring in to lead their team to a Finals appearance next season?
Which players will be on the move via free agency and trades during the offseason and NBA draft?
With the NBA draft coming up next week and a possible lockout ensuing, we have all of the top NBA rumors heading into the offseason.
NBA rumors around Nene find multiple options for the free agent.
Nene has been on the Nuggets for his entire eight-year NBA career and has decided to test free agency. Coming off a year in which he put up 14.5 points, 7.6 rebounds on a NBA league leading 61.5 shooting percentage—he is an incredibly efficient player around the basket that can run and rebound...somewhat of a rarity in today's game.
He decided to exercise the player option in his deal to forgo the final year of a contract that was paying him $11.3M a year. Clearly he made the move in order to secure a fatter paycheck. Kurt Helin of probasketballtalk.com talks about the potential destinations for the 28-year old from Brazil:
Denver still has the home team advantage, even if he opted out and expressed frustration that the team did not come through with an extension. Whatever the new CBA looks like, you can bet there will be some kind of advantage for players who sign with their current team. He’s going to be a max guy. Don’t be shocked if a team like Indiana makes a big move for him.
If Indiana made the move, it would be a complete shocker. One of the likely candidates to court his services are the Golden St. Warriors. They are under a new regime with Mark Jackson and Jerry West and have made it clear changes will be made.
It seems as if Nene is tired of ground hogs day in Denver. Year-after-year they play exceedingly well during the regular season yet always flame-out in the first round of the postseason. A mutual break-up may be the best option for both parties at this point.
An option could be the LA Clippers. Losing DeAndre Jordan to free agency not only opens up cap space—but a power forward position as well. Then again, owner Donald Sterling rarely spends money and is likely not going to give him a near-max contract.
Don't count out the New Jersey Nets, Houston Rockets and the Philadelphia 76ers as well (if they unload Elton Brand).
As soon as the lockout is over Nene is going to have plenty of options...it's still unclear as to what Nene thinks his best one is.
Count the Denver Nuggets among the teams crossing their fingers the NBA lockout doesn't drag into the season.
Today it was announced that their young Russian center Timofey Mozgov has signed a deal to play in his native Russia to play for BC Khimki, the team he played with from 2006-2010. The 25-year old center only put up 3.6 points and 2.7 points last season...but is oozing with potential.
He was the guy that held up the Carmelo Anthony trade way back in February. The New York Knicks refused to give him away at first and it took a savvy job by the Nuggets front office to ensure he was included in the deal to come over along with Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton and Danilo Gallinari.
He is chalk full of potential mainly for one reason—he's 7-1 and 250 pounds.
In limited action with both the Knicks and Nuggets, Mozgov displayed flashes of brilliance. He has a solid jumper and a terrific back-to-the-basket game. He was slow to adjust to life in America and in the NBA—but learned a lot in his first season.
Going into the new season the Nuggets expect him to be a regular in the rotation.This will be be especially true if free agent Nene decides eight years in Denver is long enough and bails to greener pastures. It has been suggested that Mozgov could even be inserted into the starting lineup.
Now they have to wait for this lockout to end as they watch him risk his huge frame on a nightly basis in some cold, dimly lit gym in Russia.
The good news for the Nuggets is that the contract is only binding during the duration of the lockout. As soon as the NBA starts back up again, Mozgov can book the first flight back to the Mile High City.
Chicago Bulls forward Joakim Noah contiues to deal with the effects of his ankle injury and may be focred to miss the World Championships.
The 6-10 forward from Florida hurt his right ankle all the way back on March 28th. He made a speedy recovery and ws back in action on April 5th. But it was a lingering injury that hampered him throughout the playoffs. How much of an effect did it have on his performance against the Miami Heat? I guess we will never know.
ESPN Chicago is reporting that the ankle is now affecting his summer plans to play in the European Championships:
Noah's condition surfaced while players were taking medical exams in Paris last week, according to FIBA's website, which first reported that Noah would have to rehab the ankle. "In an act of transparency, (France's basketball federation -- the FFBB) sent the medical reports to his club and his agent," the FFBB said in a statement.
It's a tough pill to swallow for the French National team, that is loaded with talent. Nicholas Batum has already committed and Tony Parker was rumored to be going as well.
Now it's unclear if Noah will even fly back to Europe to compete in the tournament that starts August 31st. The European Championships serve as a qualifier for the Olympic Games that will take place next summer.
The French team wants to make sure there aren't any complications with Noah and surely don't want to jeopardize his fat NBA contract over an injury. It's a setback and Noah still figures to play for France in Eurobasket, which starts in Lithuania for the French.
Noah is able to play for a foreign country because has dual citizenship in France and the United States.
The NBA lockout has already gotten two teams in trouble.
The league has been extremely strict regarding the rules during this painful lockout. Flip on NBA TV and you will find nothing regarding current players in the league. Every thing is either classic games or WNBA action. Click on NBA.com or your favorite teams site and you will find no images or mentions of current players on the roster.
So naturally they are going to throw the hammer down upon finding out that teams have had contact with their players considering you aren't even allowed to mention they exist.
Adrian Wojnarowski has reported that two undisclosed teams have already been busted by David Stern and the NBA for speaking with players since the July 1st lockout went into effect. The esteemed Yahoo! Sports writer has a solid suggestion as to whom might be one of the teams in trouble:
The NBA’s fined two undisclosed teams for speaking on players in media during lockout, league source says. Kahn’s a good bet as one of them.
Wojnarowski is likely referencing to the fact the Minnesota Timberwolves GM mentioned both Ricky Rubio and Brad Miller by name when holding the press conference to announce the firing of head coach Kurt Rambis.
Kahn is widely regarded as one of the worst/dumbest GM's in the league. He drafted two point guards back-to-back in the top 10 in 2009, he drafted Derrick Williams with the second overall pick in this year's draft despite having Michael Beasley and Kevin Love already firmly entrenched at the forward positions. He also put his foot in his mouth when suggesting the NBA Draft lottery was rigged when his team lost the top pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The other team is up for debate, but it may have been the Dallas Mavericks. Not because Mark Cuban was with the player's at the ESPY's—they earned that accomplishment. But head coach Rick Carlisle was on Portland sports talk radio show and mentioned multiple Blazer players by name.
The fine could reach up to a million dollars, but with what appears to be a long lockout ahead of us, expect the NBA to dole out undisclosed fines to the tune of $50,000 or so.
Because they are in a lockout, and every dollar counts right?
NBA Rumors have begun to spread around former Miami Heat center Alonzo Mourning committing a hit-and-run over the week.
'Zo was partying it up for current Miami Heat forward's Chris Bosh's birthday on Saturday. He allegedly was driving his sports car home on Sunday morning and struck a vehicle that was pulled over on the side of the highway.
Here is a quick recap of the events that went down according to the CBS Sports Eye on The Basketball team:
Candelario had just been in a separate, unrelated accident and was stopped in the street to exchange insurance information and do all the usual riff-raff. Mourning then supposedly came speeding in and smashed into Candelario's car, and then took off. According to the police, Mourning returned 45 minutes after the accident, in a different vehicle.
This story could get ugly. If he was coming back from a wedding early in the morning...do we assume he was impaired in some way?
It's too early to speculate but Morning felt the situation was serve enough to already release a statement to the media:
I have been completely cooperative and have met with the police, and now that the facts are straightened out, I think everyone will see that I didn’t cause the accident and didn’t cause any injuries.
The 20-year old college student claims he was clearly on the outer part of the lane and out of the flow of traffic while he was exchanging information with the other car involved in the accident.
What really may comeback to haunt the former center is the fact he fled the scene. If you have nothing to hid and you accidentally ram your car into another one, there is no reason to speed off and leave the victim in your dust.
Stay tuned as more details will surely emerge in a story that could be a black-eye on a stellar resume 'Zo has amassed over the years.
NBA rumors surrounding the sale of the Atlanta Hawks is beginning to be move quickly.
There have been whispers about a potential sale for the franchise ever since the Atlanta Thrashers were sold last month. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Hawks sale is moving extremely fast:
People familiar with the process say representatives of a potential buyer are doing due diligence — examining financial records — as the process moves toward a possible offer and more detailed negotiations for the basketball team and Philips Arena operating rights.
The people familiar with the situation, speaking exclusively with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, would not identify the potential bidder because of confidentiality agreements, but described the process as moving fast. They said no offer or exclusive negotiating agreement is in place but that the potential bidder, who might have partners, has the financial wherewithal to complete a transaction.
The sale of a majority stake in an NBA franchise is a complicated, multi-step process. The next tier is for the parties to reach an agreement on the guidelines of a deal and sign a letter of intent.
Then the buyer and seller typically would enter into a negotiating period which lasts anywhere from 30-to-90 days to iron out the logistics of the deal—which then will have to be approved by the NBA.
Under the deal currently in discussion, current ownership (Michael Gearon Jr. and Bruce Levenson) would retain a significant minority stake.
It's hard to understand what's so appealing about a franchise that has fair weather fans and a star player that is being paid like a super-star. Couple in a seemingly disinterested Josh Smith and the Hawks are a pretty average team in the grand scheme of the NBA.
So maybe this unidentified new ownership is ready to make some major changes in the way the Hawks are run. Does that mean adding payroll? Enhancing the fans experience? Getting rid of Joe Johnson's horrendous contract?
Stay tuned Hawks fans.
Have you heard the latest updates on Dennis Rodman's 50th birthday party?
It sounded like one incredible time.
The former Chicago Bulls rebounding legend and five-time NBA World Champion's birthday was actually all the way back in Mid-May. But he decided to ignore the two month gap and throw a rager in the Sin City.
Big surprise right? One of the best partiers of all-time throws his birthday bash in Vegas.
Judging by the way his party was described...it lived up to the hype. Here is the details courtesy of the Las Vegas Sun:
While in Las Vegas, Rodman stopped by Crazy Horse III Gentlemen’s Club, where his group and he drank Jagermeister at their VIP table. Rodman got the club hyped as he stood near the dancers’ stage and made it rain hundreds of dollar bills. Rodman also partied at XS at the Encore with DJ Diplo and had breakfast, which included a Corona(!), with a friend at Riva by Wolfgang Puck at the Venetian and drinks at nearby La Scena.
How many 50-year old's are capable of partying like this? How many 40-year old's could?
Rodman is clearly in a class of his own when it comes to drinking large amounts of alcohol and throwing dollar bill's at strippers. The event also coincided with the launch of his new cigar. Not only was he making it rain with a copious amount of dollars bills...but with cigars as well.
Rodman may be aging and losing relevancy by the day—but when it comes to having a great time—Dennis still takes the cake.
In the end I think Rodman said it best when he got on the mic at the Chateau’s Strip-side terrace:
We’re in Las Vegas! The only city in the world where you can do whatever you want
The new fad among NBA superstars seems to be playing overseas. We’ve heard rumors that Deron Williams, Kobe Bryant, Ron Artest, Amar’e Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony, Tony Parker and many others could play overseas if the lockout lasts into the season.
Thankfully, Stoudemire has come to his senses, unlike the Williams’ and Bryant’s of the NBA Universe.
“Europe teams are calling, I think I'm going 2 stay here in the states. My loyalty is with the State of New York an the NYK's,” according to Stoudemire on Twitter per HoopsHype.com.
Whether or not Amar’e made this decision on his own is beside the point. All that matters is that he expressed his loyalty to the United States and his organization. We need to see more players do this instead of agreeing to play overseas.
Now, if the players all concluded prior to the lockout they would threaten to play overseas to force the lockout to end sooner then I applaud them. Yet it I have a difficult time believing that’s what they did.
These superstars are looking to play ball and cash in on their star power. Forget that. I’d rather them all play at Rucker Park than go overseas to play. Hell, form your own league in the meantime. Enough of this separation from your country and organization.
There may have been a renegade rift in the NFL Players Association, but they were united for the most part. If the lockout costs the players games and they actually play overseas, they could see a backlash from the fans and other players around the league. They would lose a sense of camaraderie as they disperse around the world.
The fans would be outraged as they could not see their favorite superstars play ball. When they come back to the States once the lockout is lifted, fans could very well frown upon them for deserting them at this emotional time. While we fans suffered due to the lockout, a select few decided to capitalize overseas.
Lucky them, but why should we support them upon their return to the league? They clearly do not need the league as much as we want to believe. They do not need us fans as much as we want to believe.
I applaud loyalty. Stoudemire is at least showing New Yorkers he is loyal to the cause. Will Nets fans really say the same about Deron if he ventures overseas?
For everyone’s sake, I hope our favorite superstars’ threats will force the lockout to end much sooner than later. Hopefully Deron and Kobe have something up their sleeves…
Philadelphia made great strides with Doug Collins as head coach last season. They entered the postseason as the No. 7 seed and looked solid at times against the Miami Heat.
This offseason has been dedicated to whether or not the team should ship off superstar Andre Iguodala, but they would be better off cutting dead weight than trading their wingman.
They’ve been rumored to be in the mix for a quality big man, which would allow them to keep Elton Brand at his natural power forward position. They drafted USC center Nikola Vucevic, who will greatly help the team in the post. He is a very good rebounder with solid touch and can defend five or four spots.
Marreese Speights will turn just 24-years-old, but he has never shown the potential to be a quality starting big man in the league. With youth still on his side, the 76ers would be best served to ship him off for a charitable donation by another team.
Ira Winderman of SunSentinel.com stated, “the 76ers apparently are looking to move the former University of Florida big man. But, as with all these trade suggestions, consider that the Heat have practically no trade assets.”
It would be odd for the 76ers to trade him to the Heat since Miami desperately needs a center. The 76ers would have an advantage, again, in the post if they met in another postseason series. Yet there are plenty of other teams desperately in need of affordable and young big men.
Speights averages just 14.7 minutes, 7.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, .5 assists, .5 blocks and .3 steals in three years in the Association.
The 6’10” 255-pound center clearly needs to find playing time and he will only receive significant minutes if injuries force Philly’s hand. He is expected to make just over $3 million on a one-year deal next season, which is just perfect for most teams to take a chance on. Count Miami and New York out, since it would not be beneficial for Philly to trade him to center-needy teams.
One team who has been linked to the 76ers all offseason could use help down low—the Golden State Warriors. Talks fell through for an Iguodala-Monta Ellis trade, but it would be beneficial for the Warriors to resume talks for Speights once the lockout is lifted.
John Calipari has been heavily scrutinized in recent years, but his time has finally arrived to give back. Fans may not understand, but his recent reaching out to former Kentucky Wildcats, such as John Wall, who may suffer due to the current NBA lockout.
"This isn’t anything new, but after the lockout began on July 1, John Calipari officially extended an invitation to any former Cat to come back to Lexington.
The lockout prohibits NBA players from using team facilities, meaning they will be looking for other places to work out. That could include the Joe Craft Center.
‘I reached out to every former Wildcat that’s in the NBA dealing with this lockout to tell them our facility is available to train if needed,’ Calipari tweeted. ‘If they want to finish up some school work while in Lexington, we will help with that as well. We just want to make sure all our players know that it’s all about family here at UK. #WeAreUK #LaFamilia,’” according to Aaron Smith of the Kentucky Kernel.
This is fantastic to see and should spark all colleges to do the same for their former student athletes who brought them much fame and fortune during their time. This is an extremely productive way for NBA players to avoid doing something stupid during this disruptive time period and get back to a training facility to prepare for the eventual season.
This is great publicity for Kentucky and any school looking to do the same, but it is also beneficial to their current crop of student athletes. Each program would benefit from their current ball players learning the intricacies of the game from former players who paved the way.
Young superstars such as Wall would improve their own game by mentoring aspiring superstars as well. More importantly, it will help him and other young NBA stars mature as men and professionals.
This is one of the better stories of the past week as basketball has taken a bit of a hit due to the already ugly lockout. Special organized work outs will help colleges improve their program, but will also help the NBA players stay fresh and improve as they prepare for the NBA season.
The NBA will continue to see a better brand of basketball because players are taking the time in the offseason to better themselves on and off the court during this tumultuous time.
Vince Carter will forever be remembered for his epic performance in the 2000 Slam Dunk contest.
That performance will also be all he is remembered for. He will never win an NBA Championship and will just be another list of athletic, highlight reel shooting guards who can never help his team get over the Championship hump.
Injuries derailed his career, though he was never on the Championship track as he was never a clutch performer and could not carry a team through the postseason.
This is why Vince should capitalize on his marketability right now and accept the offer to play overseas. “Besiktas interested in Vince Carter,” according to Sportando Basket on Twitter.
He will never be offered a lengthy or hefty contract again in the NBA. His ‘talents’ have waned and he is nothing more than a brand name than anything else. He is expected to be bought out by the Phoenix Suns, which will allow him to head to a contender if that organization allowed him to be part of the process.
After seeing his career trail off in Orlando and Phoenix, it is difficult to find any team on the verge of winning bringing him in. He may garner interest from a few scrub teams looking to make a splash with a name brand, but he will not help them win and not even they would dare offer him solid money.
Would Carter even be willing to play for a short-term contract with little money? The worst part is that he still thinks he’s a superstar. He is going to hog shot opportunities and try to take over the game despite his repeated failures, which is why a Championship contender would be foolish to sign him.
Last year, in 51 games with Phoenix, he only averaged 13.5 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists. He barely has anything left in the tank, but would be a superstar overseas instead of an aging bum here in the States. Carter’s NBA career is just about finished, but he could flourish overseas.
Grant Hill is still chugging along the ole’ train tracks. He was rejuvenated playing with Steve Nash in Phoenix and can clearly play a few more seasons in the Association. Unfortunately, it is doubtful that he will be back with the Suns, which means he’ll be looking elsewhere for employment.
“’You definitely want to win, especially when you see somebody you are kind of linked to and somebody you have known for many years get there,’ Hill said last week. ‘I don’t have too many more years left, so we have to wait and see. But it would be nice to do what [Jason Kidd] was able to do this past season,’” according to Gary Washburn of Boston.com.
He will not garner a ton of interest, but there is a few teams that can benefit from his services—perhaps none more than New York.
The Knicks desperately need another veteran presence on this team, especially one with the defensive prowess of Hill. A former athletic stud, Hill has been forced to shift his game due to a myriad of injuries crippling his athleticism over the years.
If the Knicks were granted the opportunity, they need to scoop him up once the lockout is lifted. He excels in the up tempo system, which Mike D’Antoni employs in New York. Last year with Phoenix, he averaged 13.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists, .8 steals and shot 48.4 percent from the field and 39.5 percent from downtown.
He would be warmly welcomed in New York as he can be another leader in the locker room and a stellar role player. With Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks need players who are willing to accept their roles on both sides of the court and not demand shot opportunities. Hill is the consummate professional and will accelerate the team’s progression towards a Championship.
The Knicks need capable pieces for their Championship pursuit, but also do not want to cripple their salary relief for the summer of Dwight Howard, Chris Paul and Deron Williams. Hill would surely accept a one-year contract and the chance to play in the Big Apple should sweeten the pot.
We all know Chicago desperately needs to bring somebody in to take pressure off MVP Derrick Rose on the offensive side of the court. This team is loaded up front, but must land another shooting guard to rotate with incumbent starter Keith Bogans. Bogans may be a solid player, but he is not the offensive threat Chicago needs beside Rose in the backcourt.
Luckily, this free agent class has options for the Bulls. Last month, I suggested Denver’s J.R. Smith, but there is a less volatile and more experienced options on the open market—Jason Richardson.
Richardson is a quality shooting guard. He can create his own shot, drive to the bucket and drain treys with ease.
He averages 18.0 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.2 steals for his career. Chicago needs a playmaker and shooter of his caliber. He shoots over 44 percent from the field and 37 percent from downtown during his career. Last year in 55 games with Orlando, he shot over 38 percent from behind the arc, which Chicago desperately needed in the postseason.
The Windy City may have been able to watch their Bulls in the NBA Finals if Richardson was on the squad. As D-Rose penetrates the defense, he will be able to kick it back to J-Rich who can spot up behind the arc and rain treys down on the opposition.
He may be 30-years-old, but he still has the athleticism to excite the crowd on the fast break just as Rose does. Smith may be more athletic and younger, but this team would benefit from his experience. J-Rich has seen his value drop recently, which means he Chicago may be able to grab him at a bit of a discount.
The Bulls clearly have a Championship squad. They just need to fill the last piece of the jigsaw puzzle, which is the athletic, playmaking shooting guard who can stretch the half court. They failed to land that player in the draft, which is why it is imperative the front office lands an affordable player such as Jason Richardson.
Dwight Howard is playing the LeBron James card right now, but we all know he’s as good as gone in Orlando. There is no way the Magic come close to winning a Championship unless Dwight Howard truly becomes Superman and develops inhumane superpowers.
Since that won’t be happening anytime soon, look for Orlando to lose its Superman to Mikhail Prokhorov, who has an abundance of kryptonite at his disposal in New Jersey.
The Russian billionaire will make a strong play at Howard to convince Deron Williams to stick around, we didn’t need ESPN’s Marc Stein to tell us that.
New Jersey has the pieces to pull off a trade, but also the cap space next summer to re-sign D-Will and bring in DH12, which is deadly for Orlando. They cannot afford to risk losing their megastar for nothing. Even worse, the Magic front office knows Prokhorov is ready and waiting to make Howard into a bigger icon across the world in Brooklyn. He can sell Dwight as the face of the franchise with Deron and plaster his face on every billboard selling the new team to the fans.
If Orlando fails to trade him to New Jersey for Brook Lopez and other pieces, Prokhorov is in even better position to bring in Dwight. A lineup of Lopez, Williams, MarShon Brooks, Kris Humphries and Dwight would challenge any team in this league for a Championship. Even without Lopez and most likely Brooks, Avery Johnson could easily coach a Howard, Williams, Humphries and Gilbert Arenas or Hedo Turkoglu lineup.
Prokhorov will fill Dwight’s eyes with more dollar signs than he can ever imagine in Orlando. He will have bigger opportunities for off-court success in the tri-state area. He’ll also enjoy the private flights touring Russia with Prokhorov.
It is only a matter of time before we see DH12 in another jersey. He’ll continue to wear Superman’s cape, but he will only make cameo appearances at the Magic Kingdom because he will have a new home in Brooklyn with a superior supporting cast for a Championship pursuit.
New Jersey Nets fans may be losing their team shortly, but they will be able to hang their hats on Deron Williams sticking around for the long haul.
D-Will recently cut ties with his former agent and will now be represented by a new face, one who will convince him to stick with the Russian gazillionaire Mikhail Prokhorov.
“New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams has chosen to sign with Jeff Schwartz as his new agent, according to sources with knowledge of the decision… Williams has made no firm promises about staying in New Jersey but has said he likes the direction of the franchise under new owner Mikhail Prokhorov. The 27-year-old has likewise expressed optimism about the team's scheduled move to Brooklyn starting with the 2012-13 season and his potential role in luring other top players to the Nets,” according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.
Schwartz vultures at the right time as Deron will receive one of the most lucrative contracts in the league next summer. He knows Prokhorov will break the bank to keep his superstar point guard, which is why he will point Williams in Brooklyn’s direction.
Prokhorov has the assets to build a Championship contender by next season—as long as Williams sticks around.
I believe Prokhorov will enlist the services of fellow countryman Andrei Kirilenko, who Williams is comfortable with as a teammate from their days together in Utah. New Jersey not only needs a small forward, but also a defensive specialist—AK47 is still one of the very best.
Prokhorov could also seek out Lamar Odom, who is rumored to be on Los Angeles’ trading block. I recently suggested this move for the Russian businessman because he can land Khloe Kardashian to keep beside sister Kim at courtside. It makes even more sense now consider Schwartz is also Odom’s agent.
There are options out there for Prokhorov to build a Championship. With Schwartz by his side, Mikhail will lay the blueprint for Williams to understand future success resides in Brooklyn. His face will be plastered everywhere in Brooklyn as he will be the premier superstar. Prokhorov will also sell D-Will as a global icon, which will prove to be impossible for Deron to turn away from.