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Former CAA Basketball Agent Andre Buck Establishes Arete Sports Agency

A few days ago, I received an email from a gentleman named Jeffrey Lynds, who stated that he works with basketball agent Andre Buck at a company named Arete Sports Agency (which was created by Buck).  Lynds asked that I take down and remove any tags related to Andre Buck joining Artizen Management or Derrick W. Brooks.

Back in August 2009, I wrote an article titled, “Andre Buck Leaves CAA, Joins Artizen Management Group” (which has since been taken down pursuant to Lynds’ request).  I had heard from multiple sources that Buck had joined Derrick W. Brooks at Artizen.  Lynds says that it was misreported various places, and that he is in the process of “cleaning it up.”  While Buck certainly did leave Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Lynds reports that no agreement was ever entered into between Andre Buck and Artizen Management.

Arete Sports Agency’s website does not have a great deal of content, but it does state that that the agency represents over fifty professional basketball players worldwide.  Currently, the company represents NBA players Alonzo Gee and Renaldo Balkman, along with Pooh Jeter (Joventut), PJ Tucker (Brose Baskets), David Hawkins (Besiktas), Doron Perkins (Cantu), and many others who are currently playing overseas.

Arete Sports Agency is based in Wayne, Pennsylvania.

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.