Creative Artists Agency, one of the NBA’s leading representation outfits, is losing some of its players in the wake of LeBron James’ decision to sever ties last month.
Denver Nuggets fourth-year point guard Ty Lawson is the latest client to leave CAA and agent Leon Rose, two league sources told ESPN.com. Lawson is expected to join agent Happy Walters.
Lawson, who is coming off a career season in which he averaged 16.4 points and 6.6 assists, has been in contract extension talks with the Nuggets throughout the summer. Team general manager Masai Ujiri said on Monday that the negotiations were “positive” ahead of the Oct. 31 deadline for Lawson to extend his deal.
In addition, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson, Los Angeles Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe and San Antonio Spurs guard Cory Joseph also filed paperwork to leave CAA, according to league sources.
All three are believed to be headed to join the new agency of Rich Paul, who James partnered with during the offseason. Paul represented all three players while working for CAA before leaving to start his own company.