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Jeremy Lin hires new agent, appears in White House campaign

2012/06/22 19:38:45

Taipei, June 22 (CNA) Jeremy Lin, the first American-born NBA player of Taiwanese descent, has retained a new agent to help him handle basketball and marketing matters following his breakout season with the New York Knicks.

Jim Tanner, a partner at the Washington-based law firm Williams & Connolly, will represent Lin in all areas of contractual agreements, marketing endorsements, licensing, personal appearances, media relations, and community investments, according to a statement issued by the firm Thursday.

Tanner will collaborate with Lin's original agent, Roger Montgomery, on free agency and basketball matters, the statement added.

Lin, a Harvard economics graduate, also issued a statement Thursday, confirming his decision to have Tanner and the sports practice at Williams & Connolly work with Montgomery and his current team.

"I believe Jim and the team at Williams & Connolly are the best fit for me in all aspects of my career," the 23-year-old hoopster said in a statement.

"With the quality and character of their firm and clients, their extensive basketball experience and tremendous success in athlete representation, I am confident that Williams & Connolly will provide me with the guidance I need to continue to develop personally and professionally," Lin added.

Tanner is a seasoned NBA agent whose clients include San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan, Miami Heat forward Shane Battier and Phoenix Suns forward Grant Hill.

Lin's decision to hire a new agent comes at a critical moment of his career. He will become a restricted free agent July 1, and it is widely believed that he will command a contract worth more than US$5 million a year.

The Knicks have the right to match any offer Lin receives, and team officials have said they intend to do so, according to a New York Times report.

The undrafted point guard joined the Knicks' starting lineup in February and averaged 24.6 points a game during an impressive 10-game run that launched the "Linsanity" craze.

Earlier this week, Lin was named the NBA's first-ever "Social Breakout Player of the Year" for his social media dominance.

He is also featured in a public service announcement released by the White House Thursday as part of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden's "1 is 2 Many" campaign against dating violence.

Lin joined U.S. President Barack Obama, Biden and many sports superstars, including David Beckham and Eli Manning, in the series of public service spots.

The new announcements will air this summer on the ESPN, Fox Sports, MLB and NFL networks, according to a White House statement.

(By Sofia Wu)