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Basketball Agency Puts Together Its Own Workout

Recently, I discussed the three main workouts that NBA teams are putting on for the top prospects in this year’s draft class.  Teams are joining up on these workouts to cut the cost of doing them individually, which include the fixed costs of hosting the event itself, flying the players out to the workout, putting the players up in a hotel, giving the players a per diem, etc.

But just because NBA teams are cutting down on the number of “official” workouts, does not mean that team scouts and GMs are not traveling across the country to see the top talent in person.  Before Nick Calathes decided to accept a 3-year 2.1 million Euro deal with Panathinaikos, scouts were loving his play down in IMG Academies.  Prominent athlete preparation facilities are not the only places that scouts are visiting, either.

WMG put together a private workout to show off their clients, alone, which is quite an impressive list.  Many teams showed up, and it might have been enough to improve James Johnson’s draft stock.  Interesting tactic from one of, if not the, best basketball agencies in the world.

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.