LeBron James rep Klutch Sports adds top agent
by Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY Sports
Klutch Sports, the sports agency founded in September by Rich Paul that includes Miami Heat star LeBron James as a client, has enlisted respected agent Mark Termini to “oversee contract negotiations,” two people familiar with arrangement told USA TODAY Sports.
The people requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly until an official announcement is made. ESPN first reported the news.
USA TODAY Sports has learned that Termini, who represents Denver Nuggets center Kosta Koufos and a few others, will continue to run his agency, Mark Termini Associates. His existing clients will not become part of Klutch Sports, and he can continue to build his client list if he chooses, according to one person. Termini adds impeccable credentials to Paul’s upstart firm and is considered a valuable addition.
His specific role will with Klutch will deal with contract negotiations. Both Paul and Termini are based in Cleveland.
Also, Klutch also added Washington Wizards forward Kevin Seraphin to its client list, which includes James, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson, Los Angeles Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe and San Antonio Spurs guard Cory Joseph.
Paul, who is a longtime friend of James, recently worked for Creative Artists Agency before starting his own firm. Paul’s name recently surfaced in an NCAA investigation into improper benefits received by Texas Longhorns guard Myck Kabongo, who was suspended 23 games because he “accepted airfare, personal training instruction and then provided false and misleading information during two separate interviews,” the NCAA said in a statement.
Paul’s attorney, Fred Nance, in a statement on Dec. 21 said, “We believe that this ruling by the NCAA completely exonerates the notion of any wrongdoing by my client Rich Paul. Paul expresses his support for Myck Kabongo and his family and strongly believes in the player’s future.”