Do you want to know who the NBA's wealthiest sports agents are? With the season currently on hold, it's time to take a look back at the highlights of this magnificent league, beginning with the most important factor of all: money.
Because the Salary Cap has risen in recent years, it was natural to expect a rise in commissions paid by the agencies of the hottest sports agents in other countries.
10. Darren Matsubara
Darren Matsubara is the Executive Vice President and CEO of Wasserman's basketball division, which has over $ 400 million in active contracts thanks to deals with NBA players like Steven Adams, Clint Capela, the Lopez twins, Bojan Bogdanovic, and Brandon Knight for $ 70 million over five years.
9. Thad Foucher
Thad Foucher is without a doubt one of the most illustrious and successful NBA agents, having aided in the development and growth of Wasserman by negotiating contracts worth more than 450 million dollars, including the recent contract worth more than 200 million dollars signed by Russell Westbrook. Then there's the guaranteed 62.8 million for Gorgui Dieng over the next four years.
8. Steven Heumann
The Creative Artists Agency is one of the most well-known and powerful sports representation firms in the United States. Steven Heumann, the first sports agent in this ranking and a member of the aforementioned company, has 456.7 dollars in guaranteed contracts for his clients, for a total of 18.3 million commissions in the CAA's pockets.
7. Aaron Goodwin
Together with his brother, Aaron Goodwin founded 'Goodwin Sports Management.' Aaron has been one of the first managers of a young LeBron James for the past 20 years. He currently assists top-tier players like DeMar DeRozan and Damian Lillard in the NBA.
The maximum contract signed by Lillard, a real coup for the agency's coffers: 196 million for the next four years, is worth noting.
6. Bill Duffy
Bill Duffy, the NBA's 'BDA Sports Management' agency's founder and director, is once again included in Forbes' special ranking. Bill is one of the hottest sports agents right now, with 23 players under his management. Zach LaVine of the Bulls and Goran Dragic of the Heat are two of his most notable clients.
BDA Sports Management appears to have a bright future ahead of them, having signed talented young players like Ayton, RJ Barrett, and Luka Doncic. Duffy has previously worked with Yao Ming and Steve Nash.
5. Aaron Mintz
An agent from the Creative Artists Agency once more. Aaron Mintz has been Paul George's agent since his call to the NBA Draft. Is the contract bigger than he is? Before he traded with the Clippers, George signed a four-year deal worth $ 137 million with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
4. Rich Paul
Then there's him, arguably the most well-known NBA sports agent on the planet. LeBron James and Anthony Davis, both of the Los Angeles Lakers, are managed by Rich Paul. He has also secured the management of many other champions, including John Wall and Ben Simmons, over time.
In the last five years, he has grown at an exponential rate, with LeBron James, the Klutch Sports Group's player and sponsor, likely sharing some of the credit.
3. Mark Bartelstein
Priority Sports was founded in 1985 by Mark Bartelstein, a former financial investor. His company has since grown into a leading NBA and NFL athlete representation agency. Bartelstein is credited with negotiating over $ 850 million in player-only contracts for basketball players.
Bradley Beal, Gordon Hayward, and Tim Hardaway Jr. are among his most well-known and lucrative clients. What's the big deal? The latter is guaranteed 71 million dollars.
2. Leon Rose
Leon Rose is without a doubt one of the most powerful sports agents in the league. He is the co-head of the CAA basketball division and the second-richest basketball agent in the world. Leon attended Dickinson College and then Temple University's Beasley School of Law, where he played basketball. Chris Paul, Karl-Anthony Towns, Joel Embiid, and Victor Oladipo are among the many clients he now represents.
He has also worked with Allen Iverson and LeBron James in the past. He is currently the New York Knicks' president of basketball operations. And who knows, maybe he'll get some of his clients to move to New York.
1. Jeff Schwartz
Jeff Schwartz is the most powerful player in the NBA. For the fifth year in a row, Schwartz, the founder and president of Excel Sports Management, is at the top of this special ranking.
He has negotiated over $ 1.8 billion in active contracts for individual clients like Jamal Murray, Nikola Jokic, Khris Middleton, and Kevin Love, including six contracts worth more than $100 million. He is ranked fourth among the most powerful sports agents in the world, taking into account all sports.