The complaint filed by Nerlens Noel against Rich Paul makes the detractors of the agent and friend of LeBron James happy.
It was to be expected, Nerlens Noel’s complaint against Rich Paul is making people happy. Attacked in court for having made Noel lose 58 million dollars and to have neglected him, the boss of Klutch Sports could see that he was not very appreciated in the trade. According to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report , most NBA agents are gloating over the situation and believe the current New York Knicks interior is within its rights.
Very close to LeBron James, whose interests he takes care of, Rich Paul had encouraged Nerlens Noel to leave his agent at the time with the promise to sign a max contract soon after. Once injured, the former Philadelphia player saw Paul’s interest in his case completely disappear, he said. The agent would also have penalized his client by not responding to requests from teams who wanted to revive him before he committed to a minimum contract.
The Rich Paul method and its influence across the league – he also deals with Anthony Davis, Ben Simmons or Trae Young – have been criticized for a few years now. According to the same article, many agents would like this case to be used to put in place a new regulation similar to the one in force between franchises and players on tampering.
Today, an agent can perfectly contact an NBA player live or publicly and offer to join him without any risk of sanction. Victor Oladipo experienced the same inconvenience last summer when his new agent at Excel Sports promised him a plump contract if he left Versus Management. Things turned out differently.