According to SportsAgentBlog.com’s Darren Heitner, Knicks center Nerlens Noel has filed a lawsuit against agent Rich Paul and the Klutch Sports firm.
The lawsuit says that at a birthday celebration for Klutch-represented Ben Simmons in 2017, Paul convinced Noel that he was a “$100M man” who could get him a max contract if Noel fired then-agent Happy Walters and signed with him. Noel eventually left Walters and joined Paul.
Paul allegedly encouraged Noel to stop negotiating with the Mavericks, who had given him a four-year, $70 million extension, and instead sign the one-year, $4.1 million qualifying offer as part of the same pitch. After a season marred by injury, Noel claims that no one from Klutch presented him with any ideas for how to pursue long-term contracts, and none were available on the market, prompting him to sign a two-year, $3.75 million contract with the Thunder, which he claims was largely orchestrated by Thunder stars Russell Westbrook and Paul George, rather than Rich Payton.
Finally, according to the lawsuit, Noel discovered that other teams, including the Sixers, Clippers, and Rockets, attempted to contact Paul about offering Noel a contract but were unable to do so.
Noel departed Klutch Sports in December 2020, and he’s suing Paul and the firm for a $58 million loss arising from the initial extension with Dallas that was turned down.
Source: MSN Sports