Nick Nurse is facing a lawsuit alleging that he failed to pay a portion of a commission owed to a former agent.
The commission in question would be related to the contract extension, agreed to in September of 2020. According to the allegations brought by agent Wayne LeGarie, Nurse owes him for commission payments as LeGarie partially negotiated the contract before Nurse sought other representation.
This is all from a USA Today report by Jeff Zillgett:
“Among other things, Defendant Nurse failed to abide by the terms of the representation contract, failed to pay Plaintiffs the amounts due under the representation contract, and failed to disclose to Plaintiffs the amount of the employment contract he entered into with the Toronto Raptors for the 2020-2021 through 2023-2024 NBA seasons, thus denying Plaintiffs the opportunity to be paid for commissions wed on Defendant NURSE’s employment contract for the 2020-2021 through 2023-2024 NBA seasons.”
In the complaint filed in U.S. District Court Northern District of California, LeGarie claims he and his business, LeGarie Management, Inc., entered into an oral contract to represent Nurse in contract negotiations with NBA teams in or around 2013. LeGarie’s complaint says he offered to represent Nurse in exchange for a 3% commission on Nurse’s head coaching contracts and 4% commissioner on assistant coach contracts.
In a fun twist: LeGarie, who represents coaches and executives, also represents Raptors general manager Bobby Webster, who was in that post during the Nurse negotiations. That means there could be a plausible scenario in which a team executive is called for, say, a deposition on whether his current agent (for now) is owed money by the team’s current head coach based on a contract that Webster theoretically had a hand in negotiating, even if indirectly.
So, yeah, this has the potential for juiciness.