Jeremy Lin switches agents

June, 21, 2012
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Jeremy Lin has a new leading agent: Jim Tanner, who is a partner at the prestigious Williams & Connolly law firm in Washington, D.C.

Lin, who was previously solely repped by Roger Montgomery, also has a new publicist, Meredith Geisler, who works with Tanner's clients, some of whom are future Hall of Famers. Tanner currently represents Tim Duncan, Ray Allen, Grant Hill, Shane Battier, Hedo Turkolgu, Marvin Williams, Brandan Wright, Zaza Pachulia, Tony Battie, Luke Ridnour, Royal Ivey and draft prospect John Henson.

According to a release sent out by Geisler on Thursday, Tanner will represent Lin in all areas of contractual agreements, marketing endorsements, licensing, personal appearances, media relations, community investments and other business opportunities. In addition, Montgomery will collaborate with Tanner on free agency and other basketball-related matters.

"I believe Jim and the team at Williams & Connolly are the best fit for me in all aspects of my career," Lin said in a statement. "With the quality and character of their firm and clients, their extensive basketball experience and tremendous success in athlete representation, I am confident that Williams & Connolly will provide me with the guidance I need to continue to develop personally and professionally. I am excited to have them work with Roger Montgomery and my current team."

Lin's decision to switch agents comes at a crucial part of his career, as he's a restricted free agent and looking to secure his first multi-year, multi-million-dollar contract. Not only that, Lin has the ability to maximize his earning potential off the court with more lucrative endorsements. As of now, his biggest one is Volvo.

Tanner is one of the most respected agents in the game, and he's been ranked as one of "Washington's Top Lawyers" for media and sports law by Washingtonian Magazine several times in the past few years. In addition, his law firm was ranked No. 1 last year in Washington, D.C., and eighth-best in the country by the Vault Guide.

Insiders predict Lin will more than likely re-sign with the Knicks for three years (with a fourth-year option) at $3 to $5 million per year.

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