Herb Rudoy Rumors
David Aldridge: Surprise from Miami: per agent Herb Rudoy, Luol Deng is opting in for next season with the Heat.: 1 more rumor
Sam Amick: Warriors small forward Draymond Green, who will be a restricted free agent this summer, tells @USATODAYsports he is changing agents. Green said he’s leaving Herb Rudoy and Ron Shade of Interperformances to join BJ Armstrong and Arn Tellem of the @Wasserman media group.
Joe Kotoch: One consideration w/ Luol Deng is he’s represented by same agent, Herb Rudoy, as Z. Cavs probably gauged his willingness to re-sign already.
“And we had another meeting to discuss whether they would discuss a contract,” Rudoy said. “He [Forman] called me a week or two ago and decided they did not want to discuss a contract and that it would have to wait until after the season. I told them they’d have to wait until after July 1, because he would have to see what the market is, and that he would become a free agent. And I couldn’t promise he wouldn’t sign somewhere else. Now, he loves being there, and he loves playing for [coach Tom] Thibodeau. Loves playing for him. But he has to see what the market is.”
Neither side would comment for the record on what Deng was asking for, though the Bulls have maintained they’d be willing to pay him at or above market value. Given that Andre Iguodala, a player with some similarities to Deng, got a four-year, $48 million free agent deal from Golden State as part of a sign-and-trade deal with Utah, Deng’s floor would be at $12 to $13 million per year. Anything above that is likely to be too rich for the Bulls, given the possibilities Chicago can entertain after this season. “We never negotiated,” Rudoy said Friday. “We had several meetings. One was to discuss the medical care he got, or did not get, after his spinal tap [in May], which was of great concern to him.”
Rudoy was asked if Forman indicated that the Bulls first wanted to try and look at bigger options before opening up talks again with Deng, and said that wasn’t relayed to him. “Of course they didn’t say they didn’t want him back, so that was never discussed,’’ Rudoy said. “I told Gar they are running the risk that someone can step up on July 1 and they can lose him. “At this point, we’re not looking to do anything except get the best deal possible. We’ll see what happens and we’ll see what’s out there. He loves Chicago, loves playing for [coach Tom]Thibodeau, really loves playing for Thibodeau, but he will look for the best offer.’’
Rudoy, however, said on Wednesday that choosing this path could cost the Bulls Deng come July 1, and despite Deng wanting to stay, any idea of home-town discounts if talks eventually restart are out the window. “I actually expected them to negotiate an extension,’’ Rudoy said in a phone interview. “I was very surprised when [Forman] called and said they decided not to further negotiate. I was a bit surprise because it’s going to be a hot free-agent market next summer.’’
The agent for Luol Deng said Tuesday that the two-time All-Star forward would “certainly visit free agency” next summer after being informed by Bulls management that contract extension talks would be tabled until after the 2013-14 season. “Luol has taken the position that he will definitely go through the free-agent process,” said Herb Rudoy, Deng’s Chicago-based agent.
Rudoy said Deng is training in Hawaii with a personal trainer for the next two weeks and will report to training camp just before it opens. “I was surprised,” Rudoy said of the talks ending. “I thought they would enter negotiations.”
Jorge Sierra: Free agent forward Brian Cook is now represented by agent Herb Rudoy. hoopshype.com/agents/herb_ru…
Gary Washburn: Former #celtics guard Terrence Williams has left agent Aaron Goodwin and signed with Herb Rudoy
Rudoy said he’s heard from six teams about interest in Bell, but wouldn’t name them. He expects the process to wrap up in a week to 10 days when teams have turned to secondary free agents
Raja Bell’s agent, Herb Rudoy, said he hasn’t heard anything from the Miami Heat about his client. “I suppose if they’re interested, I’ll hear something from them,’’ Rudoy said. However, it’s been more than a week since Rudoy was given permission from Utah to seek a buyout or a trade for Bell, who won’t stay with the Jazz.
22 Jul 08