Andy Rautins Rumors

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Rautins recently played for the Chicago Bulls in the NBA’s Las Vegas Summer League. His agent said that Rautins will now wait to see if he gets a chance to play in the NBA. If no offer comes, he’ll head to Europe. The D-League is not an option this time around, according to his agent. “We’re not going to do that,” Bill Duffy, the CEO of Bill Duffy Associates, said Tuesday. “Some team is either going to be committed to him and give him an opportunity to make their roster or we’ll look at opportunities overseas.”
After spending training camp with the Oklahoma City Thunder this fall, former Knicks and Syracuse player Andy Rautins has caught on with the NBA squad’s respective D-League affiliate, the Tulsa 66ers. The Canadian guard spent his rookie year in the NBA with New York during the 2010-11 season. Though he played sparingly, Rautins still managed to develop favor with the Knickerbocker fan base, appearing in a number of web videos with then fellow rookie Landry Fields. The two also went on to star in their own web series, fittingly titled, “The Andy & Landry Show.” A couple of his more entertaining appearances (albeit on camera, not on the court), can be found below.
The Thunder announced Saturday they have waived non-guaranteed players Andy Rautins, Daniel Orton and Hollis Thompson, meaning Liggins won the final roster spot. If the three players aren’t signed by another NBA team, it’s likely they will join the Tulsa 66ers and remain part of the Thunder organization. Liggins came into camp as a longshot, seen mostly as a guy to just fill out the preseason roster. But he obviously won over Scott Brooks, playing extremely hard, doing little things, hustling everywhere and making plays. He earned that 15th spot. Liggins not only played well enough to win the spot, but he’s even opened the door for thoughts to if he could be a contributor down the line.
Chandler opted to sign with the Knicks after being heavily courted by the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets, among other teams. The sign-and-trade gives Dallas a sizeable trade exception. The Knicks had to move Turiaf (scheduled to make $4.8 million this season) and Billups to create cap space to sign Chandler. According to the New York Times, the terms of Chandler’s deal are believed to be in the range of $58 million for four years.
In addition, to create enough cap space to sign Chandler, the Knicks waived veteran guard Chauncey Billups, designating him as a club’s amnesty player. Billups and his $14.2 million contract will not count against the Knicks salary cap. “This is an important day for the New York Knicks,” acting general manager Glen Grunwald said in a statement. “Signing a player of Tyson’s caliber, with championship experience, to this roster, is an opportunity we could not pass up.”
The New York Knicks have acquired Tyson Chandler via a sign-and-trade as part of a three-team deal. The Knicks sent veteran center Ronny Turiaf, cash considerations and a 2013 second-round pick to Washington. They also dealt second-year guard Andy Rautins to the Dallas Mavericks. Dallas sent a second-round 2012 draft choice to Washington and the draft rights to Ahmad Nivins and Giorgos Printezis to New York. Washington also sent a future second round draft choice to Dallas.
Like the rest of his NBA brethren, Andy Rautins is going to miss a few paychecks during the lockout. To offset that, he’s found a way to save some money. The Knicks guard has stayed in his parents’ home outside of Syracuse during the lockout, sleeping in his childhood bedroom. “It’s nice to get some home cooked meals up here,” Rautins, a former Syracuse star, said in a phone interview. “It’s nice because it’s a rare opportunity to spend time with family and friends. Normally, you’d been in a busy season by this time. But I’ve been trying to see the positives in [staying home] and there’s a bunch so far. It’s saving me a lot of money right now and I think that’s a big concern for a lot of players.”
If the lockout extends, Rautins will consider pursuing an internship at his financial adviser’s Manhattan firm to learn about investment advice and financial planning. “Andy is actively planning for his life after pro sports,” says Mark Doman, Rautins’ financial adviser and the senior vice president of True Capital Management. “A lot of guys say it, but Andy wants to take steps during his career to make sure he is financially secure.”
It’s funny to hear about Amar’e as a leader. So often that’s been a knock against him, but when I had seen you guys play this year, he was extremely vocal and involved from opening tip to the final buzzer. How has he been as a leader? Andy Rautins: He’s the most down to earth guy and his personality is enormous. It’s larger than life in New York. He’s my locker buddy, he’s right next door to me, we’re always joking and messing around but when it came down to it, to working, he was the first one in the gym and he set a great example for all of the young guys on the team. Always came to play in practice and in the game for sure.
While not singling out Thompson specifically, Andy Rautins expressed disappointment that some of the country’s top talents are not on hand helping Canada try to qualify for the London Olympics. “It certainly frustrates me because when you look at our team they could help us out a great deal, help the team get to a whole new level,” he said. “For me, I think it’s first and foremost if you’ve got an opportunity to represent your country, you do it. Playing against professionals that are in the NBA, Euroleague allstars, this is basketball at its finest in the summer, so for some of these guys not to come out, some of these guys that are top talents top 10 picks in the league, it just doesn’t make sense to me.