Ever since Kyrie Irving entered the NBA in 2011, he was repped by Jeff Wechsler. Now, with free agency at hand, Irving made a change, going with RocNation, Jay-Z’s agency.
Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted the breaking news...
Within weeks of free agency, Boston Celtics star Kyrie Irving and his longtime agent Jeff Wechsler have parted ways, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 13, 2019
The move was seen as yet another indication of Irving’s interest in the Nets. Not only is Jay-Z, the Nets former minority stockholder, the founder of the agency, but Michael Yormark, Nets president Brett Yormark’s twin brother, is the company CEO.
In a subsequent ESPN report, Woj again noted Irving’s interest in the Nets ... and perhaps the Knicks. He wrote....
Irving, a six-time All-Star, will become an unrestricted free agent, and league sources say he remains intensely interested in the Brooklyn Nets. The New York Knicks are expected to remain competitive for Irving, too, sources tell ESPN...
He also pointed out that one of the Nets current stars is already repped by RocNation.
Roc Nation represents several top NBA players, including Nets guard Caris LeVert. One of the draws of Roc Nation to players has been its close connections to the entertainment industry.
As more than one pundit noted, such moves are usually followed by bigger changes. Wechsler and Irving had been very close, as Woj noted...
Wechsler had represented Irving since he was the No. 1 overall pick out of Duke in 2011, negotiating multiple national marketing campaigns and helping to launch his Uncle Drew soft-drink commercial and movie character. Wechsler helped Irving navigate his way out of Cleveland and into a trade to the Celtics in 2017.
Several writers immediately took the change as an indication that Irving was headed to Brooklyn.
Meet the Nets, meet the Nets, step right up and greet the Nets ...— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 13, 2019
Checking most affordable hotels near Barclays like pic.twitter.com/2ZOXhCbcQu— David Aldridge (@davidaldridgedc) June 13, 2019
Kyrie to Roc Nation?— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) June 13, 2019
ROC Nation = Jay-Z
Jay-Z = Brooklyn Nets
Kyrie = Brooklyn Nets?
Of course, free agency doesn’t open for more than two weeks —at 6 p.m. June 30— and as Kevin Durant’s injury proved, things can change quickly.
- Sources: Kyrie splits with agent, eyes Roc Nation - Adrian Wojnarowski - ESPN
- Irving’s new agent, Davis’ saga: Where Nets stand in free-agency war - Brian Lewis - New York Post
- The Kyrie Irving chase is officially on - Jared Schwartz - New York Post