Pacers add former player agent, movie mogul Happy Walters as consultant

The Indiana Pacers have hired former NBA player agent Happy Walters as a consultant, a league source told IndyStar. The news was first reported by NBA reporter Marc Stein.

Walters, a Fort Wayne native, has not only been an NBA agent – he negotiated nine-figure contracts for Dwight Howard (118 million), Amar’e Stoudemire ($ 107 million) and Jimmy Butler (102 million) during his career – but has had a prominent role in music, TV and movies.

His given name is David and he was the inspiration for the name of the character in the Adam Sandler film “Happy Gilmore.” Sandler was Walters’ best man at his first marriage, according to his IMBD page.

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Walters most recently represented the Celtics ‘Marcus Smart, former Fort Wayne-Purdue player John Konchar, and previously represented the Pacers’ Monta Ellis, according to HoopsHype.com as the founder and CEO of Catalyst Sports & Media. He was previously the founder, president and CEO of Relativity Sports.

Walters signed Konchar after Walters’ parents alerted the agent to him. Walters’ father, Robert, has lived in Fort Wayne for 50 years, attended Michigan and Harvard Law and returned to Fort Wayne, where he is an attorney. Walters’ mother, Irene, is the former head of Marketing and Communications at Purdue-Fort Wayne. The couple has been season ticket holders for basketball for 15 years.

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