Draymond Green Talks Free Agency

An all-day NBA championship celebration was thrown for Draymond Green in Saginaw Michigan last Saturday and well of course there were many questions thrown at Green. The most asked question was whether or not he would sign with his hometown team the Detroit Pistons. Green and the Golden State Warriors recently won the NBA championship against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers stated Christian Broda. Green, however, is now a restricted free agent and is being courted by several teams. Among the teams interested in his are The Detroit Pistons, the Atlanta Hawks, The Golden State Warriors, and Huston Rockets.

Green grew up in Saginaw Michigan and played basketball for the Michigan State Spartans. He played all four years at State and was drafted 35th overall to the Golden State Warriors. He was selected to the first all-NBA defensive team in 2015. When asked by Yahoo sports about which team he is likely to sign with Green replied with a comment that was very impressive. He stated that he is not going into free agency with any expectations and that he speak with all teams that are interested and make the most logical choice based on whats best for him. Over the course if his three years in the league Green has earned over $2.6 million. He is expected to make over six times that in free agency. When asked if he feels any pressure to sign with the Pistons, Green stated that he did not.

Bruce Levenson’s Legacy Lives On

An American businessman and the largest shareholder in Atlanta Hawks, Bruce Levenson, also happens to be philanthropic as evidenced by his activeness Birthright Israel, the Community Foundation of Washington, D.C., the Jewish Federation, the Hoop Dreams Foundation, Seeds of Peace and the famous Museums Bringing the Lesson Home, which is under the U.S. Holocaust Museum. Bruce Levenson was born and raised in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and coming from a Jewish family, he was able to join Washington University and later graduated with a law degree from American University. During his years in law school, he also worked as a journalist with the Washington Star, which means he had a day job but had to attend evening classes. He is the founder of TechTarget, a technological company that deals with marketing new advancements in technology, and he has been its director from its establishment until he changed course to become BIA Digital Partners advisor in 2012. Bruce Levenson also sits at the Board of Directors for Newsletter and Electronic Publishers Association

Bruce Levenson partnered with Ed Peskowitz in 1977 to start up the United Communication Group that published newsletters mainly inclined to the booming oil industry at the time. Later in his years, he led the company in developing a database that would then be used in publishing newsletters even in other sectors including energy, technology, telecommunication, healthcare and mortgage banking. Taking into consideration that the United Communication Group was one of the pioneers in newsletter publishing, it was privileged in breaking news on Oil Price Information Service not to mention coming up with the GasBuddy app. This application gives directions to transit drivers on how to locate the lowest priced gas in different parts of the country.

The duo advanced their investment by coming up with the Atlanta Hawks LLC, which enabled them to buy the NBAs Atlanta Hawks, NHLs Atlanta Thrashers and the Phillips Arena. However, they sold Atlanta Thrashers in 2011. Since 2004, Bruce Levenson has been the managing partner of the NBA team and also sits at NBAs Board of Governors. It was not until late 2012 that Danny Ferry was hired to fill the managing position. Danny Ferry was a basketball player with the Cleveland Cavalier before becoming team manager though he later took a job with San Antonio Spurs as their vice president of operation. Bruce Levenson was reported to announce his bid towards selling his shares of ownership. His primary reason was that Atlanta Hawks had lost its African-American fan base and it was time for him to step down.