HoopsHype Tyler Honeycutt rumors

April 3, 2014 Updates

In sharing intimate details about his three-year financial involvement with Honeycutt, Lookofsky is using the example to paint the NCAA agent-player landscape with a wide brush. Claiming he has partnered with other agents to pay as many as six players in high school and in college, Lookofsky believes -- based on his own experiences -- that over 60 percent of elite-level college basketball players have been paid by an agent either before or during their NCAA careers as incentive to sign with the respective agents. "Most people I sit down with, who ask me how it really is, I tell them it’s 10 times worse than you read," Lookofsky said. "Truly. Everybody wants something. Nobody introduces you to a player, a potential player, college player, high school player, for free, out of the kindness of their heart. Nobody. There’s an understanding from the time you make contact that it’s going to cost you something." SB Nation

When the back-room handshakes resulted in a signed client, he didn’t complain about the process. Yet it was his dealings with one particular potential client –- former UCLA standout Tyler Honeycutt -- that ignited Lookofsky’s departure from the sports business last year. Lookofsky claims he had invested $55,800 in the UCLA forward while Honeycutt was in high school and college in hopes of landing him as a client as he entered the NBA Draft. Honeycutt played for UCLA from 2009 to 2011. Yet Lookofsky watched from the sidelines as Honeycutt signed with another agent -– Jason Martin -- and was drafted by the Sacramento Kings with the 35th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. Honeycutt now plays pro basketball in Israel. SB Nation

"I’m at a point where I’m no longer representing players, and the truth should come out," Lookofsky told SB Nation in an exclusive interview. "This is what happens every day for people to sign a player. And it sucks." Lookofsky has supplied SB Nation with 56 pages of documents detailing the alleged financial relationship with Honeycutt and his mother, Lisa Stazel, including copies of receipts, deposit slips, promissory notes, travel itineraries, email exchanges and a deposited check. The documents represent car payments, rent payments and travel expenses, among other items. SB Nation

Lookofsky knew the deal: He had paid other potential clients (including, according to the agent, all of the athletes who ended up signing with him) before they officially declared for the NBA Draft. Mutual relationships had led Honeycutt and Stazel to Lookofsky. "It’s a common practice," Lookofsky said. "One family talks to another family, and that’s the way it goes." SB Nation

Lookofsky claims he also paid for rental cars, limousine service, hotel and other travel expenses, corroborated in part by printed emails supplied to SB Nation by Lookofsky. This email from what appears to be Stazel’s Yahoo account, dated Feb. 3, 2011, specifically asked for Lookofsky to pay for a rental car during a trip to see Honeycutt play in the Bay Area: "... again I will need to rent a car once I get there, because I have to pick up my sister and niece who are also flying in to for these games and want to be able to possibly take everyone including Tyler to San Francisco for a day…..so let me know if you can cover the rental car also … it should be about maybe $50-60 for a day…" SB Nation

Howland alerted UCLA administrators of their conversation. That same day, UCLA administrators notified the NCAA, who launched an investigation into the matter in 2011. UCLA and the NCAA made multiple attempts to contact Honeycutt and Stazel at the time to discuss the allegations. Neither Stazel nor Honeycutt would talk to investigators. Still representing athletes and wanting to keep his behind-the-scenes dealings private, Lookofsky also declined to comment to the NCAA. The investigation was closed after four months. UCLA ultimately sent a letter of disassociation to Honeycutt and Stazel due to their lack of cooperation in the investigation. That letter withdrew any benefits Honeycutt may have received for his role as a former UCLA player. For example, he is not allowed to use any on-campus athletic facilities or attend sporting events as anything other than a member of the general public. The university also stated in the letter they would not accept any donations from Honeycutt or his family. SB Nation

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Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has signed free agent guard Aaron Brooks. To open a roster spot, the Rockets recalled from Rio Grande Valley and then waived forward Tyler Honeycutt. Brooks returns to Houston where he spent the first three-and-a-half seasons of his career. Brooks (6-0, 161, Oregon) has averaged 11.8 points and 3.5 assists in 318 career games (149 starts) with Houston, Phoenix and Sacramento. Waived by Sacramento on Mar. 1, 2013, Brooks averaged 8.0 points and 2.3 assists in 20.8 minutes per game over 46 contests (20 starts) with the Kings this season. He joined Sacramento after spending the 2011-12 campaign with the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association, where he was named a CBA All-Star and took Guangdong to the CBA 2012 Finals. NBA.com

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November 7, 2012 Updates

The Sacramento Kings will officially assign second-year forward Tyler Honeycutt to the Reno Bighorns of the NBA D-League tomorrow (November 8th, 2012), according to Kings’ President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie. Honeycutt finished his rookie campaign (2011-12) averaging 1.3 points (.333 FGs, .333 3FGs, .600 FTs) in 15 games off the bench for Sacramento, but has yet to see any action this season. NBA.com

October 29, 2012 Updates

The NBA is a fraternity. And just like any brotherhood, new members earn their stripes through a little bit of hazing. Jason Thompson went through it. Jimmer Fredette went through it. And this year, Thomas Robinson is no exception. At last night’s open practice at Sleep Train Arena, the rookie power forward was forced to showcase his vocal talents for the fans in attendance. Fortunately for him, he had a little help from teammate Tyler Honeycutt. Cowbell Kingdom

October 1, 2012 Updates

Kings forward Tyler Honeycutt was diagnosed with a right fibula stress fracture at his preseason physical today. Honeycutt, in his second season from UCLA, will be out three to four weeks. NBA.com

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