Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook reportedly hired agent Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports Management on Monday, according to ESPN‘s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Westbrook, 33, and his agent of 14 years, Thad Foucher, ended their business relationship last month.
Foucher released a statement in which he urged Westbrook to remain on the Lakers and cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for their partnership coming to an end.
The Lakers have been trying to trade Westbrook this offseason, primarily to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Kyrie Irving, but negotiations are ongoing.
Despite trade rumors, new Lakers head coach Darvin Ham has been adamant about Westbrook being a key part of what he intends to do next season.
Jeff Schwartz also represents Nikola Jokic
Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic is the most prominent client of Westbrook’s new agent.
Jokic, the reigning, back-to-back league MVP, recently signed a five-year, $270 million super maximum contract extension — largest deal in NBA history.
Schwartz also represents Jamal Murray, Khris Middleton, Kristaps Porzingis, CJ McCollum, Kevin Love, Kemba Walker, James Wiseman and Brandon Ingram, among others.
He also managed tennis legends Pete Sampras and Martina Hingis in the ’90s.