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Agents may sue league on behalf of locked out rookies

Nov 15, 2011, 10:10 AM EDT

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If there is one group of sympathetic players in this unsympathetic lockout situation, it’s the just drafted rookies — guys who came out of college (or over from Europe) to live their NBA dream, only to be locked out. They exist in a limbo: locked to teams but without contracts, not yet part of the union either. They are basically powerless.

A few agents are looking to change that — they are looking to sue the league on behalf of those rookies, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo.

These would be anti-trust suits like the one other players will file against the league once the union formally dissolves. It was something discussed as part of an agent conference call on Monday.

Does it really change anything? No. Kyrie Irving and Jimmer Fredette and Enes Kanter are not going to have more money in their pockets or real leverage in the talks. But it gives them the impression somebody is doing something for them. And at this point that is about all they can get. So they’ll probably take it.

  1. b7p19 - Nov 15, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Poor Jimmer.

  2. whitecastleisafoodgroup - Nov 15, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    As for any player that left college early to get drafted you are an idiot. Every person on the face of the planet that follows the NBA, even casually, knew that there was going to be a lock out. Your hard earned, albeit brief, education obviously did not pay off.

    As for the agents, what, are you pissed that you’re not getting your percentage of flesh from the incoming players? Gotta get it from somewhere, huh?

    I have zero sympathy for either.

  3. kandh2004 - Nov 15, 2011 at 3:48 PM

    @whitecastleisafoodgroup I agree with you 1000%. The only ones I feel bad for are the seniors who didn’t have a choice as they couldn’t play college anymore. People have been talking about this lockout since before last season started. The agents gave these kids bad advice and now they want to sue to make themselves look better

  4. dadawg77 - Nov 16, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    @whitecastleisafoodgroup not really is Irving a top pick in a good draft, probably not. By leaving in a down year he made himself a few million more just might not get it right away. Kanter wasn’t able to go back to NCAA because their oppressive rules so he had to come to.

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