Contrary to popular belief, high-profile agent Rich Paul does not in fact rule the NBA and can actually fall victim to abrupt discharges from his many clients.
Per Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, new Knick Marcus Morris and Nerlens Noel of the Thunder have each reportedly fired the Klutch Sports Group co-founder.
Paul's abrupt dismissal might come off as shocking, but it really isn't a surprise considering the recent and confusing circumstances surrounding Morris' and Noel's respective free agencies.
Marcus originally had an agreement in principle with the San Antonio Spurs until he backed out of the offer roughly a week later. Of course, the Kansas product ended up singing a one-year, $15 million contract with New York.
Noel, on the other hand, officially re-signed with Oklahoma City just last week after asking the franchise for time to re-evaluate the original agreement made by the two sides.
And so it goes.
Morris and Noel haven't yet released a reason for firing Paul, and they don't exaclty need to. But we can safely speculate that their free agency hiccups were the driving force in their decision.