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On To The Next One: Jason Maxiell

Detroit Pistons forward Jason Maxiell has changed agents. He was formerly represented by KMG Sports Management, but recently made the switch to Andy Miller of ASM Sports. Maxiell was originally drafted by the Pistons in the first round (#26 overall) in 2005. He played his college ball at Cincinnati.

As of writing this post, KMG Sports Management still lists Maxiell as a client. The website’s basketball clientele page features Maxiell as the first player listed, and the general website has the displays the following quote from Maxiell: “KMG is a great agency that I have always been able to count on for anything on or off the court. They work very hard and get the job done.” Apparently, that hard work was not enough for the company to retain Maxiell as a client.

It is difficult for a boutique agency like KMG Sports Management to rebound from the departure of a client like Maxiell. The agency was likely a good fit for Maxiell when he first entered the league; KMG Sports Management is located in the same city as where Maxiell went to college.

Maxiell is earning $5 million this year and has a $5 million player option for the 2012/13 season. The fact that he will soon be a free agent (or negotiating a new deal) likely played a role (in some fashion) regarding his decision to change agents.

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.