After years of being a critical player in the Nets personnel picture, Jeff Schwartz's Excel Management Group is no longer as powerful. His two big clients on the Nets last season, Deron Williams and Mirza Teletovic, have moved on. He still counts the Nets starting point guard --and their top pick-- among his guys. In fact, Schwartz has represented every starting Nets point guard going back to Jason Kidd!
It's quite the change for the guy who some jokingly referred to the Nets "vice president for basketball operations." Two years ago, he repped five players as well as Jason Kidd.
Now the Wasserman Media Group, built by Arn Tellem, is the big agent, repping four Nets, including three starters. ASM, Andy Miller's firm, has three players, all among the team's youngest. Schwartz's Excel Management and Tanner Sports represent two players each.
Here's our annual breakdown, company by company...
Wasserman Media Group -- Joe Johnson, Brook Lopez, Bojan Bogdanovic
Three starters and a lot of salary and firepower. Formerly headed by Arn Tellem, who now runs the Pistons business operations, Wasserman is the biggest and most powerful agency in the NBA. It matters. Wasserman picked up Bogdanovic, who had been represented by Marc Cornstein, in the summer of 2014 and was instrumental in finally getting the Croatian star signed in Brooklyn.
ASM Sports -- Markel Brown, Chris McCullough and Sergey Karasev
Andy Miller, who runs ASM, was once a Nets media intern before he struck out on his own. He's represented Kevin Garnett, Reggie Evans, Andray Blatche and Marquis Teague in the past. Now, he has a big part of the Nets youth movement. Miller was critical in getting KG to waive his no-trade clause both in 2013 and 2015, facilitating the Hall of Famer's arrival and departure from Booklyn.
Excel Management Group - Jarrett Jack, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
Not as powerful as it once was. the Jeff Schwartz-led agency is still important to the Nets. Schwartz at one point repped five Nets players as well as their 2012 second round pick, Ilkan Karaman (through his European partner) and Jason Kidd. A lunch between Schwartz and Billy King this June was the first step in Deron Williams buyout.
Tanner Sports -- Thaddeus Young, Wayne Ellington
Tanner has one big client, Tim Duncan, and a number of other big names like Jeremy Lin, Ray Allen, Zaza Pachulia and Brandan Wright.
Relativity Sports -- Shane Larkin
Happy Walters firm had a busy summer, representing a number of big names who changed addresses including Amare Stoudemire and Ty Lawson, plus one who didn't, DeAndre Jordan.
Creative Artists Agency -- Andrea Bargnani
Leon Rose has repped a number of big names over the years, including LeBron James and Allen Iverson as well as Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony, both of whom are still with him. He did well in the Draft, repping Karl-Anthony Towns, the overall No. 1 pick.
BDA Sports -- Thomas Robinson
Kevin Bradbury reps T-Rob. Bill Duffy's firm is one of the NBA's biggest, with Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins and Joakim Noah among his biggest names.
Allegiant Athletic Agency -- Quincy Miller
Jared Karnes has a small list of clients, the best known of which is Michael Beasley.
Goodwin Management Group -- Ryan Boatright
A small firm with two big clients, Damian Lillard and DeMar DeRozan. The firm's Noah Croom reps Boatright.
Bell Management Group -- Willie Reed
Joel Bell has a lot of clients who move between the D-League and international leagues. He helped get Reed a tryout last year and a substantial guarantee this year. He also reps Steve Blake who was a Net for about a month.
Pinnacle Management -- Earl Clark
Ian Rubel of Pinnacle has been dealing with Billy King on getting Clark waived so he can entertain overseas offers. Clark was supposed to be waived this week, but it hasn't happened, as of Sunday.
Xpheres, a Spanish agency that reps Nikola Mirotic, reportedly has Nets second rounder Juan Vaulet as its client.
Most of the Nets coaching staff -- Lionel Hollins, Paul Westphal, Jay Humphries and Joe Wolf -- are all represented by Steve Kauffman of Kauffman Sports Management Group. Only Tony Brown, Jim Sann and newly appointed Steve Jones are not listed as Kauffman clients.