HoopsHype Bill Duffy rumors


July 4, 2012 Updates

Marc J. Spears: With short flight to kids, chance to play with Kobe, Pau & Bynum, Duffy says Nash wanted to be a Laker when it was a real option 2 days ago. Twitter

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I can never ever remember when the consensus No. 1 overall pick in the NBA drafted has waited this long to sign with an agent or agency. But Kentucky’s Anthony Davis is still mulling his choices, apparently between the Wasserman Media Group, Creative Artists Agency and Bill Duffy’s BDA Sports. Racine Journal-Times

December 29, 2011 Updates

Consider the Clippers one of the many teams hoping to sign Joel Przybilla. The Milwaukee Bucks, Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks also have expressed interested in the 7-foot-1, 245-pound free-agent center. Przybilla's agent, Bill Duffy, confirmed Wednesday that the Clippers have interest in his client. Przybilla played in just 38 games last season because of knee injuries. "He's feeling healthy," Duffy said. Los Angeles Times

The Clippers just signed free-agent center Reggie Evans last week, but have two spots available because they have only 13 players on their roster. The Clippers feel Przybilla can give them another big body as a backup. They still have the "mini mid-level" exception of $2.5 million and a $3.8-million trade exception from the Chris Paul deal involving New Orleans. Duffy said Przybilla is not in a rush to sign with a team. "I think he's going to wait and see what's going on," Duffy said. "I think he'll get that urgency. I expect to him to call me." Los Angeles Times

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Still, the talk that the Celtics are looking to deal Rondo has caused more than a few waves. “It’s just disturbing,” said Duffy. “It’s disturbing for everybody. It’s disturbing for me. It’s disturbing for him, because it makes one think, ‘Where do I stand in this relationship?’ Particularly because he’s a darn good player, and this is a very successful franchise, and he’s one of the key players on the franchise.” Boston Herald

But with the NBA not allowing players and front official officials to speak directly just yet, Ainge has not been able to talk directly to Rondo about the matter. He told reporters on Thursday that he is not shopping Rondo and that it is not his intent to move Rondo - or any of the Big 4 - this season. "The biggest thing players want is clarity," Duffy said. "Like, 'if you're going to trade me, tell me.' Players don't like to feel they're being manipulated or behind-the-scenes not really knowing what's going on. That comes down to respect, more than anything else." CSNNE.com

Pierce is represented by Jeff Schwartz, who has been among the leaders of a group of seven agents from six of the most influential agencies who've long disagreed with the union's bargaining and legal tactics. Those agents, including Arn Tellem, Dan Fegan, Mark Bartelstein and Bill Duffy, believe the players should've voted to decertify back in July and sued for antitrust violations much earlier in the process. Garnett is represented by agent Andy Miller, who has had no association with the dissident agents and was not aware of his client's involvement, sources said. Rob Pelinka, who represents Kobe Bryant and union president Derek Fisher, also is said to be among the group of insurgents, sources said. CBSSports.com

December 1, 2011 Updates

The Bucks also called Bill Duffy, who represents unrestricted free-agent center Joel Przybilla. The Bucks believe Przybilla, who is an excellent defender and shotblocker, would be the ideal backup to starting center Andrew Bogut. Przybilla, who started his NBA career with the Bucks in 2000 and ended last season with Charlotte, told The Journal Times over the summer he would be receptive to signing with the Bucks. The Bucks aren't the only suitors for Przbyilla. Portland would also like to sign the 7-foot-1 center and it is believed the Boston Celtics, who are attempting to shore up their frontline, have interest in him. About six teams have more than a passing interest in Przybilla, although the Bucks appear to be the front-runners for his services. Racine Journal-Times

November 24, 2011 Updates

Bill Duffy, in a prepared statement, said Rondo didn’t play a role in the brief scuffle that resulted in the arrest of Eric Valarezo of Haverhill. “Rajon Rondo was not involved in the reported incident that occurred last Friday night at a Boston (area) night club,” said Duffy. “Any reports regarding my client that have surfaced related to this are false. It’s unfortunate that this has overshadowed the positive aspect of the charity basketball game hosted by Rajon and those benefiting from the event. No further comment will be made about this moving forward.” Boston Herald

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Sources within seven of the most prominent agencies – including the agents and players themselves – said they have overwhelming support to march toward dissolving the union. The agents are selling decertification to the players as a leverage tool to get a deal done to salvage the season, as much as a long-term threat to take the owners to federal court with an antitrust lawsuit. Agents working on the decertification include Mark Bartelstein, Arn Tellem, Jeff Schwartz, Bill Duffy, Leon Rose, Henry Thomas and Dan Fegan. Yahoo! Sports

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