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On To The Next One: Deron Williams

New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams has not yet hired a new agent (he has to wait two weeks from the time he fired his old agent), but has officially parted ways with his existing agent, Bob McLaren.  Various writers believe that once the two week window expires, Williams will be signing with Leon Rose of Creative Artists Agency (CAA).

The loss of Williams is a big blow to McLaren, who does not currently represent any other NBA players.  On the other hand, Leon Rose represents the likes of LeBron James, Chris Paul, and Carmelo Anthony.  Williams went from being the big fish in a small pond to just another fish in an already big pond (if he in fact signs with CAA).

Whoever does sign Williams will not be terribly busy talking to teams just yet; Williams cannot opt out of his current deal with the Nets until net year.  However, the Nets will make it a top priority to keep Williams with the club, and will likely start negotiations on a long-term deal much earlier than the Summer of 2012.

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.