Making LeBron James Ditch Loyalty, Millionaire Rich Paul Put His Own Career on The Line to Get $42,000,000 More for His Client: “He’s Crazy! He Doesn’t Know What He’s Doing”

Published 10/09/2023, 2:32 PM EDT

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Four-time NBA champion LeBron James has amassed a lot of wealth playing the sport he has excelled in since he was a teenager, basketball. However, he couldn’t have done it alone. Millionaire super agent, Rich Paul, has been the man behind James’ massive success financially. Moreover, James isn’t his only client. Paul has a huge number of superstar clients in the league.

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The agent came from humble beginnings, and like any other person, he struggled in the beginning. During a recent episode on CBS Sports, Rich Paul revealed an interesting story from the early days of his career that could have potentially ended it.

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The CEO of KlutchSports, Rich Paul, has quickly risen the ranks to become one of the biggest agents in the NBA and quite possibly in all the sports. The one thing that sets Paul apart from all the other agents is his willingness to take risks. During the CBS interview, Paul revealed some details about former Phoenix Suns player Eric Bledsoe, who was offered a $28,000,000 contract in 2014.

Interestingly, Paul rejected that offer and also rejected a huge $48,000,000 contract offer. Thanks to his brilliant negotiation skills and perseverance, Bledsoe finally agreed to a $70,000,000 deal.

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When the host asked what this move meant to him, My career“, said Paul. He further added, “Everyone was calling and saying, he’s crazy, he doesn’t know what he is doing, he’s inexperienced”. Bledsoe spent three seasons with the Suns and left the organization to join the Milwaukee Bucks in 2017.

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Rich Paul has been James’ agent since 2003. Both of them started out together and are now two of the most well-known names in the sporting industry.

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In 2010, James made one of the most controversial decisions ever. He left a struggling Cleveland Cavaliers, the team that drafted him in 2003 and joined the Miami Heat. Although he took a pay cut to join the Heat in 2010, his salary increased exponentially over the next seasons. Not to mention, James also won two of his four NBA titles with the Heat.

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Abhinava Ghosh

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Abhinava Ghosh is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with a wealth of experience covering the league. He has written over 1400 articles for EssentiallySports, showcasing his expertise in analyzing and reporting on NBA trade rumors, injury updates, and the ever-changing dynamics of the league. He had successfully covered the entire Kevin Durant trade saga at Brooklyn, which led to the basketball legend’s move to the Desert.
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