Within weeks of the beginning of free agency, star point guard Kyrie Irving has parted ways with his agent Jeff Wechsler and will sign with Roc Nation Sports, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. It's a significant development as speculation mounts that Irving could sign with the Brooklyn Nets this summer.
Roc Nation Sports, a sub-division of Roc Nation, was founded by Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter in 2013. A Brooklyn, New York, icon, Carter is a a part-owner of the Nets and helped instigate the team's relocation from New Jersey to Brooklyn in 2012. Irving grew up and went to high school in nearby New Jersey.
Another star free agent, Kevin Durant, signed with Roc Nation in 2013. Since then, he has become to be represented solely by his agent and business partner Rich Kleiman. Kleiman helped launch Roc Nation, starting on the music side before transitioning to sports and working with Durant. Roc Nation also represents current Nets guard Caris LeVert.
Durant announced on his Instagram account Wednesday that he underwent successful surgery for a ruptured Achilles he suffered in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. He is still expected to receive a max-level contract this summer.