The Indiana Pacers have hired previous NBA player agent Joyful Walters as a consultant, a league resource informed IndyStar. The news was 1st noted by NBA reporter Marc Stein.
Walters, a Fort Wayne native, has not only been an NBA agent — he negotiated 9-figure contracts for Dwight Howard ($118 million), Amar’e Stoudemire ($107 million) and Jimmy Butler ($102 million) for the duration of his job — but has experienced a prominent part in tunes, Tv set and videos.
His provided identify is David and he was the inspiration for the identify of the character in the Adam Sandler film “Pleased Gilmore.” Sandler was Walters’ greatest man at his initial marriage, according to his IMBD web page.
Walters most lately represented the Celtics’ Marcus Wise, former Fort Wayne-Purdue participant John Konchar, and beforehand represented the Pacers’ Monta Ellis, according to HoopsHype.com as the founder and CEO of Catalyst Sporting activities & Media. He was beforehand the founder, president and CEO of Relativity Athletics.
Walters signed Konchar right after Walters’ parents alerted the agent to him. Walters’ father, Robert, has lived in Fort Wayne for 50 yrs, attended Michigan and Harvard Legislation and returned to Fort Wayne, exactly where he is an attorney. Walters’ mother, Irene, is the former head of Marketing and advertising and Communications at Purdue-Fort Wayne. The couple has been season ticketholders for basketball for 15 years.
“In the earlier they’ve instructed me about gamers they think are NBA gamers and typically they are not right, but in this scenario they stated him a pair years in the past to me and I adopted him a tiny bit,” Walters instructed IndyStar in 2019. “I feel he can definitely enjoy. He is super challenging, he’s does a great deal of points effectively and the NBA has develop into a posture-significantly less league exactly where individuals type of players flourish. You never have to be 7 feet, you do not have to be a tremendous, tremendous fast level guard — he does a great deal of matters that do the job these days.”
Walters was at the center of a lawsuit filed by Nerlens Noel towards Prosperous Paul and Klutch Sports, alleging he lost $58 million in wage from 2017-20. As element of the lawsuit, according to SNY’s Ian Begley, Walters presented a letter that claimed Noel experienced a 4-yr, $70-million offer from Dallas in 2017 but Paul sabotaged it and received Noel to leave Walters’ agency, finally signing for just $4.1 million.
Walters has generated a lot more than 20 films and television displays, together with “We’re the Millers” and “I will Snooze When I am Dead”, and also experienced excellent achievement with motion picture soundtracks. Walters also made a effective unbiased record label, which he sold to Sony Songs in 2003.
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