The New York Knicks hired Leon Rose, who was a longtime agent with CAA, to run their front office earlier this year and Bill Simmons of The Ringer suggests people around the league are monitoring the possibility of former Kentucky players could be funneled to the franchise.
Rose also hired William Wesley for a role in the front office, who was his colleague at CAA.
“There’s also a real fear in the NBA,” said Bill Simmons. “I’m fine talking about this. It’s rumor, heresy stuff. But it’s just a fact. Kentucky, Worldwide Wes had a great relationship with John Calipari. CAA’s got multiple Kentucky guys and there’s a real fear in the league that the Knicks are going to become the Kentucky pipeline team.
“Devin Booker is a great example of that, right? Even though he’s on a big deal right now, at some point if he wanted to move out of there…
“The league is kind of watching the Kentucky factor with that team.
“I think even [Anthony] Davis, if the Lakers hadn’t won the title this year, who knows? Right? Are we positive he would have stayed? I don’t know. All of the signs, all of the dialogue was like ‘LeBron and him love each other’. But who knows what would have happened?
“That Knicks thing is intriguing,” replied Kevin O’Connor.
“Also, if you’re the Kentucky pipeline team, that’s a good thing because that’s the one true pipeline we have right now. All the Kentucky guys know each other, like each other. Every year they have top dudes.”
“All this stuff, follow the breadcrumbs. Rich Paul and Klutch, the same thing. The agents carry a lot more sway than people think.”