Kawhi Leonard’s uncle sued by former agent Brian Elfus
A former player agent for San Antonio Spurs star forward Kawhi Leonard recently filed a complaint in a Florida federal court on Monday, suing the former agency for which he worked under for allegedly withholding payment on earned commissions he claims he’s owed, including a commission on a massive $94.3 million contract, which he negotiated for Leonard, his former client, in 2015, according to a dual report by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Michael C. Wright.
Leonard’ former agent, Brian Elfus is suing Impact Sports Basketball LLC along with owner Mitchell Frankel (Leonard’s uncle), Impact — A Sports Management Corp., and the company that bought out all Impact-branded sports agencies in 2016, J&S Sports Funding LLC, plus affiliated subsidiaries.
Elfus is seeking up to $5 million in damages against the three separate entities and its subsidiaries for allegedly failing to pay him commissions from Leonard and other clients.
Leonard had hired Elfus in 2011 as he left San Diego State and declared for the NBA Draft. Following a four-year rookie deal with the Spurs worth $8.3 million after being selected with the 15th overall pick, Elfus negotiated a five-year, $94.3 million deal for Leonard in 2015, which is still vigent.
Elfus represented Leonard until 2016, as the Spurs star was later represented by a group led by Frankel.
The reason this suit is of importance is due to the sensitivity of timing, as Leonard is only weeks away from potentially being offered an even bigger, five-year, $219 million extension by the team. The Spurs will need to feel at ease with Leonard repairing relationships with his teammates, the staff, front office, and head coach Gregg Popovich before he’s extended such offer.
Coach Popovich and Leonard are scheduled to meet; perhaps more than one time, before July 1, when free agency kicks in.