Date: 09/13/2021

Grizzlies All-Rookie Guard Desmond Bane Signs with Tandem

Arlington, VA, September 13, 2021 – Tandem Sports + Entertainment/You First has signed 2021 NBA All-Rookie Second Team guard Desmond Bane for full-service representation. Bane will be represented by Tandem President Jim Tanner. The agency will handle contractual agreements, personal appearances, public relations, corporate partnerships, and community relations initiatives for the second-year player.

Selected 30th overall in the first round of the 2020 NBA Draft, Bane helped lead the Grizzlies to their first playoff appearance since 2017. The 22-year-old guard set a team rookie record for three-point field goal percentage (.432) and led all rookies in this category. His record-setting three-point shooting ranked ninth in NBA history by a rookie and third among all first-year players since the 2009-10 season.

“Desmond is a great young player and an even better person,” Tanner said. “He is positioned to continue to make a significant impact for the Grizzlies. We’re excited to work with Desmond and to help him maximize his on-court potential and off-court passions.”

Bane appeared in 68 games for the Grizzlies and averaged 9.2 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in his first season in Memphis.


Tandem is a leading full-service athlete and entertainment representation agency. The agency was honored on Forbes’ list of the World’s Most Valuable Sports Agencies and has been honored by the Washington Business Journal as one of the area’s “Best Places to Work.” Tandem’s roster of clients includes Ja Morant, Jarrett Allen, Thaddeus Young, Jeremy Lin, Justin Jackson and Hall of Famers including Ray Allen, Tim Duncan, Grant Hill, Dominique Wilkins and Tamika Catchings. Marketing and public relations clients include World Series champion pitcher Chris Young, Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell, and MLB players Ryan Meisinger (Los Angeles Dodgers) and Mike Ford (Washington Nationals). Tandem also provides communications services for authors including Andrea Chamblee (“The Capital of Basketball”) and sports documentaries including “A Most Beautiful Thing.”


You First Sports is a leading global talent representation agency specializing in athlete and celebrity representation and sports marketing. With 21 offices in 12 countries, You First empowers, feeds, and supports talent and guides companies to communicate through sports and entertainment. You First represents more than 700 athletes and influencers, including 400 basketball players, 250 soccer players, and talented individuals from other sports and entertainment fields. Additionally, You First represents more than 130 companies whose marketing and communication strategy revolves around sports. You First is based on three pillars: professionalism, service-oriented, and being genuinely global as a company. You First is passionate, experienced, and client-driven. Forbes places You First as #17 in their list of leading sports agencies – the first Spanish sports agency and the 10th largest firm in Europe.



Meredith Geisler
Tandem Sports + Entertainment
(703) 740-5015

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