After much speculation, Zion Williamson has signed with an agent. The presumptive number one pick in the upcoming 2019 NBA Draft will be represented by Creative Arts Agency (CAA), the most valuable sports agency in the world.
Williamson had been pursued by every major player in sports, including Roc Nation and Klutch Sports (representatives for LeBron James and Anthony Davis).
CAA has an impressive roster of clientele, including Paul George, Joel Embiid, and D’Angelo Russell. The firm is also home to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.
The current client roster includes 75 All-Star and emerging NBA players, 42 first-round draft selections, 50 All-Star appearances and 36 All-NBA selections. These four agents have helped negotiate more than $4 billion in contracts on behalf of CAA Basketball clients.
ESPN NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Austin Brown and Lisa Joseph-Metelus will be Zion’s representatives.
Williamson stands to secure the largest rookie endorsement package since LeBron James entered the league in 2003.
With CAA’s reach across the entertainment industry and Williamson’s already broad appeal, the two seem like a solid match.
It’s an ironic turn for a team and a city that have been deemed too far out of the NBA spotlight.
The NBA Draft is scheduled for Thursday, June 20.