Marcus Morris’ separation with Rich Paul ‘mutual’; Nerlens Noel stays with Klutch Sports
Marcus Morris didn’t fire agent Rich Paul, and Nerlens Noel isn’t leaving Klutch Sports.
According to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, Morris and Noel allegedly fired Paul. However, Bondy later clarified that Morris didn’t actually “fire” Paul but they mutually agreed to part ways. As for Noel, he remains with the agency, though it’s not clear if the 37-year-old player agent will continue to represent him.
Received clarification that the Marcus Morris-Rich Paul separation was mutual in the wake of his free agency. Also, Noel remains with Klutch. https://t.co/6TmQs0211M
— Stefan Bondy (@SBondyNYDN) July 14, 2019
Morris’ decision to leave Paul isn’t that surprising, especially given what has transpired over the past few days in free agency. Morris initially agreed to a two-year $20 million deal with the San Antonio Spurs, but he reneged on that deal when the New York Knicks offered him a one-year, $15 million contract. The 29-year-old forward eventually signed with the Knickerbockers.
Noel, on the other hand, had a fairly smooth free agency. He did ask the Oklahoma City Thunder to re-evaluate his deal after agreeing to it, but the two parties resolved the issue quickly and Noel stayed with the Thunder.
Rich Paul represents a number of prominent NBA players, headlines by Los Angeles Lakers superstar duo LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Philadelphia 76ers point-forward Ben Simmons and Washington Wizards star John Wall is also represented by Paul and Klutch Ports — the agency he founded.