LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during a game against the Philadelphia 76ers on Jan. 27, 2021.
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In the span of a decade, Klutch Sports Group has grown from a startup with two employees into a disruptive super-agency. Klutch now has over 70 clients across the NBA and NFL, including superstars like LeBron James and Anthony Davis, and over $1.8 billion in contracts under management. Most important, the agency and founder-CEO Rich Paul have helped define an era of heightened player empowerment, in which athletes have moved between teams with greater ease, by striking a series of headline-making deals—as when the agency engineered a trade that joined Davis with James in Los Angeles, delivering the 2020 title to the Lakers.

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