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In a way, Jay-Z finally gets to ‘own’ the Nets

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Maybe Jay-Z will finally get to “own” the Nets. Jay-Z, aka Sean Carter, held a tiny piece of the Nets for 10 years, from 2003 till 2013 when he was forced to sell to avoid a potential conflict of interest as a player agent. Now, however, his Roc Nation Sports, reps five Brooklyn Nets.

On Tuesday, Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Raymond Brothers has been named Director of Basketball and Sports Technology/Speciality Projects for the Jay-Z owned agency. More importantly, Brothers is moving his clients over to the Roc Nation roster from his former employer, IAM Sports and Entertainment agency. That includes names like Spencer Dinwiddie, D.J. Augustin and Al-Farouq Aminu.

With Dinwiddie (who hired Brothers in November 2017) now repped by Roc Nation, three of the Nets biggest stars are under one agency roof. Kyrie Irving switched to Roc Nation just before free agency this June and Caris LeVert has long been their client. In addition, two other free agents signed by the Nets this summer are also Roc Nation clients: Wilson Chandler and two-way player Henry Ellenson. Also, Rich Kleiman, Kevin Durant’s manager and business partner in his Thirty Five Ventures, was formerly with Roc Nation.

The New York-based agency, which is run by Michael Yormark, Brett’s brother, also reps other big New York stars, including the Giants’ Saquon Barkley and the Yankees’ C.C. Sabathia.

Is it odd for one agency to have some many clients on one team? Not really. At one point or another in 2009-11, the late Dan Fegan represented nine Nets players... and Dwight Howard. At another point, Jeff Schwartz handled, among others, five Nets players and head coach Jason Kidd. In some ways, It makes for convenient one-stop shopping for GM’s but rival agents question whether it’s smart for the players.