De’Aaron Fox Signs With Rich Paul, Says He Wants to Stay With Kings

Kings point guard De’Aaron Fox has signed with agent Rich Paul and Klutch Sports, the agency announced.De'Aaron Fox

Fox, 24, told Chris Haynes of Bleacher Report/TNT that the move has nothing to do with wanting to move on from the rising Kings.

“When you’re an athlete who has any notoriety and you make a major change, it’s going to circulate and people are going to speculate. But for me, I love being in Sacramento,” Fox told Haynes. “This move had nothing to do with wanting to be traded or wanting to move on. This has more to do with myself and the business of basketball, and I feel like they’re able to help me in ways that I’ve never been able to be helped before. It was really a level up.”

Fox had previously been represented by Chris Gaston and the Family First Sports Firm.

“That’s not being disrespectful to anybody else,” he told Haynes, “but (Klutch) is one of the best in the game regardless of if it’s basketball or off-the-court business ventures. I understand the importance of infrastructure, and I feel like they do such a great job in every aspect of not only business but in life. I just felt like it was an upgrade in every single way.”

Paul is a native of Cleveland and also represents the likes of Lakers stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis, Bulls guard Zach Lavine and Warriors forward Draymond Green, among many others.

Fox is averaging 25.1 points, 6.1 assists and 4.9 rebounds through the first 17 games, as the Kings seek to make the playoffs for the first time since 2006.

“I love being here in Sacramento,” Fox told Haynes. “The fan interactions, it’s kind of like being at Kentucky. No matter how good the other sports are, it’s always going to be about basketball whenever you’re in that city. If you’re able to win here, I feel like it’s just a different feeling. And obviously being able to stay with the team that drafted you, somewhere you’re comfortable as far as life goes.”

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