Press Association Crystal Palace are bottom of the payment to agents ranking – hardly surprising given their promotion from the Championship in the summer. Newcastle were another club to see a big increase on expenditure to agents, handling transfers and other dealings with players. The Tyneside club spent £7,294,018 in the last 12 months – more than doubling from £3,485,503 in the period prior to that. Manager Alan Pardew was busy in the transfer market in January and across the summer, while Joe Kinnear also returned to the north-east club as director of football. Arsenal have shown minimal change between the two years, spending roughly £5.5m in both time periods. Tottenham spent more than £3m extra on paying agents this year than last, with their bill totalling £9,787,676 – an increase from £6,595,905. Spurs used the cash from the world-record transfer fee sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid to rejuvenate their squad and offset the loss of the Wales forward. Arrivals like Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen will account for some of that increase, as manager Andre Villas-Boas bolstered the squad considerably. Southampton’s outlay jumped from £646,106 to £2,184,412, which would take in the change of manager from Nigel Adkins to Mauricio Pochettino and the players the new boss has brought in. Sunderland’s spending jumped from £2,173,762 to £4,640,227, accounting for the raft of signings Paolo Di Canio made in his abortive spell on Wearside. The Premier League agreed in June 2008 that every club would publish the total amount paid to agents once a year. The figures also include any payments made by clubs to agents on behalf of their players. The return of manager Jose Mourinho will have contributed to Chelsea’s increase in outlay, with the Portuguese boss bringing in a raft of new signings. Captures like Cameroon star Samuel Eto’o and Brazilian playmaker Willian are bound to have had an effect on such a large hike. Manchester City had topped the agents spending charts for the previous two years, and now sit second in the big-spenders list when it comes to paying agents. City shelled out £11,179,817, to account for the arrival of new manager Manuel Pellegrini and another set of expensive summer captures. Their spending has increased from £10,537,982 the year before. Of the total of around £96m spent by Premier League clubs on agents in the 12-month period just elapsed, Liverpool contributed £9,400,973. Despite bringing in David Moyes as manager and signing the likes of Marouane Fellaini from Everton, Manchester United sit at the low end of the spending. The Old Trafford club only forked out a comparatively modest £4,317,690, though that does incorporate a rise of nearly £700,000. Figures released by the Premier League show clubs paid £19m more to players’ representatives than in the previous 12 months. Chelsea spent a total £13,721,721 between October 1, 2012 and September 30, 2013, as opposed to £6,490,382 a year earlier. Premier League clubs paid £96million to agents in fees in the last year, with Chelsea’s outlay more than doubling to over £13million.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“I just always play that in my ear anytime I got an opportunity to take the last shot,” he said. “I just lock everything out and it’s like I’m out there by myself.”It may be like he’s out there alone when he takes the shot; afterward, it’s anything but. In the two scrimmages so far, the Lakers bench has taken to shouting out “SAY CHEEEESE” as Waiters lets it fly, one of the most memorable sounds now more audible than ever in the NBA’s TV-friendly set-up.While “Philly Cheese” may not flatter as a nickname, Waiters (a Philadelphia native) embraces it. It started as a joke between him and Heat teammate Hassan Whiteside, and it’s been adapted by the Lakers, who signed him in March prior to the four-month hiatus. Since the team has been practicing at the Disney campus, Danny Green began the trend that is now a running soundtrack to every Waiters heave.The 28-year-old guard couldn’t seem to stop smiling as he talked about it.“Here, it’s like it’s different, man,” he said. “It’s a vibe. Everybody’s just positive. We got our own slang and things like that going on. … It makes you feel good though. You’re excited.” Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers When Waiters checked in for the first time, James was subbing out. As they passed, he told Waiters: “You got it, Dion.” That’s been what Waiters feels like the entire Lakers group has told him since he arrived.“When you’re young, you’re still trying to find yourself coming into the league,” he said. “I think Bron was trying to help me with that, but I was so stubborn back then. But, I understand now. I’m 28. I’ve done been through a lot. I’m at peace with myself. I’m good.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Waiters’ career has had plenty of wild swings, but the past year has been a pretty thorough downturn: off-court incidents and injury derailed his tenure with Miami, which traded him to Memphis where he was unceremoniously waived in February.Just when Waiters was picked up off the shelf by the Lakers and hoping to play again for a contender … the coronavirus pandemic hit. It’s given him a sense of gratitude that he can play at all now.“At this point in my life, I just want to play basketball, take care of my family and enjoy it,” he said. “You just never know. As you can see now, we’re living in a movie with everything that’s going on. Who would have thought we’d be talking like this (over Zoom)?”The Lakers need Waiters as much as ever. With Rajon Rondo out, the coaching staff envisions him as a potential off-the-dribble scoring threat. Though he’s been hot and cold in his career, the one thing Waiters can do most of the time is score: He punched in 12 points in 20 minutes, going 5 for 9.“He just gives us a different dynamic,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “We have catch-and-shoot shooters, plenty of them. But what he’s able to do – handle the ball, pick and rolls, playmaking, making big shots like he did tonight – we’re excited about that as well.”Hearing that chemistry is so good with Waiters and the Lakers might seem surprising given his tenuous history as LeBron James’ teammate. Waiters was traded 33 games into James’ first season back in Cleveland in the 2014-15 season, at least in part because he didn’t jell with the remade group. Sharing was a problem for Waiters, heaving up shots when James, Kyrie Irving or Kevin Love was open.But Waiters says he’s grown in the six years since. While he’s retained much of what makes him one of the NBA’s more colorful characters – including his affinity for his Philly Cheese moniker – becoming a parent and going through a few teams has taught him what James was trying to do when he started trying to take Waiters under his wing.Related Articles LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Ever since the invention of the shot clock, hoops players in streets and gyms and parks everywhere have done their own game-winning play-by-play to this soundtrack: “Five, four, three, two, one.”Dion Waiters has chased that feeling his whole life. In his head, he says, that clock is always ticking down.So it made sense then, that in just two nights in a Lakers uniform, Waiters has been a go-to guy as quarters end. After making a buzzer-beating 3-pointer in the first scrimmage against Dallas on Thursday, Waiters was back at it Saturday, knocking down a pair of buckets in the final minute of a 119-112 win at HP Field House, in an arena devoid of fans.Waiters loves crowds, he said, and he loves to draw energy from them. But even when they’re not there, he thinks of the countdown.