Bill Duffy (basketball)

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Bill Duffy is an American sports agent representing players in the National Basketball Association.

Life and career[edit]

Duffy is a former basketball player, and played basketball at Santa Clara University. He was selected by the Denver Nuggets in the fifth round[1] of the 1982 NBA Draft (the team's fourth pick that year).[2]

His BDA Sports Management company represents stars such as Yao Ming, Steve Nash, Joakim Noah, Klay Thompson, Rajon Rondo, Mike Conley Jr., Jahlil Okafor, Stanley Johnson, and Andrew Wiggins, LeBron James, and Stephen Curry. [3][4][5][6]

In 2003, Duffy's firm famously failed to notify the Miami Heat that his client Anthony Carter wished to exercise a $4.1 million player option on his contract by the deadline.[7][8][9] The failure allowed the team to renounced their rights to Carter, opening up cap space that was later used to sign Lamar Odom.[8] Duffy agreed to make up the lost wages to Carter, and, as of 2016, continued to make regular installments to Carter.[8]


  1. ^ "Draft History: 1982 Draft". Archived from the original on 2008-04-07. Retrieved 2008-05-13. 
  2. ^ BDA Sports - About BDA
  3. ^ HoopsHype - NBA Agents - Bill Duffy
  4. ^ NBA - With Yao, agent Duffy stands tall, too
  5. ^ "Ainge's criticism of Rondo angers agent", ESPN, accessed June 25, 2009. Retrieved on 2009-07-10
  6. ^ BDA Sports - BDA Athletes Archived February 8, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Stein, Marc. "Missed option deadline makes Carter a free agent". ESPN. Retrieved 2016-09-28. 
  8. ^ a b c "Anthony Carter happy to rejoin the Heat 13 years after his agent's infamous slip-up | Heat Check". Miami Herald. Retrieved 2016-09-28. 
  9. ^ Velin, Bob. "Agent's error costs Carter millions". USA Today. Retrieved 2016-09-28.