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Brand's agent David Falk said he had not come to any agreement with the Clippers, and any and all discussions regarding Brand should have gone through him."To say that we had a verbal agreement is absolutely, categorically not true," Falk said. "We had one discussion. I never committed to anything. They're embarrassed that they lost him."
If it was any team but the Clippers, I might believe the team. But it's not.
Here's my take: Brand did make a verbal commitment to the Clippers. the Clippers signed Davis based on the the 70 mil offer Brand had committed to. Once Falk started seeing that he could get more money from other teams, Falk wanted a larger commission and he also resented the Clippers, so liked the idea of screwing them. He then tried to get more money out of the Clippers, which they first balked at, b/c of the earlier verbal commitment. Falk has even mentioned that the Clippers never offered a 6th yr. Well to offer a 6th yr, that means that there would have been no Davis signing. Falk didn't care about Brand having more talent on the Clippers. Falk wanted Brand to get a 6yr/125 million deal. I do believe Brand is at fault here too. He's a grown man and can't just hide behind his agent. Now I do have a question though. When the Warriors offered 90 million, everyone commented how the Clips could only give him 70. Welacording to articles theyincreased their offer to 75 and lastly to 80. How were they getting that extra cash under the cap?