Tony Dutt Rumors

Brandon Bass open to Boston return

Celtics forward Brandon Bass’s agent, Tony Dutt, said there have been indications that numerous teams will have interest in the 10-year veteran when free agency begins after midnight Wednesday. Dutt added that Bass would be open to a return to the Celtics. “I think Brad [Stevens] and Danny [Ainge] understand the value of what Brandon brings,” Dutt told the Globe on Tuesday afternoon. “He loves Boston, and if it works out for him to stay there, we’d be more than happy.”
New Orleans Pelicans general manager Dell Demps pulled off perhaps the biggest deal of his three-year tenure. He just couldn’t talk about it. Demps drafted Kentucky center Nerlens Noel sixth overall and promptly shipped him and a first-round pick in 2014 to the Philadelphia 76ers for All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday and a second-round pick Thursday night. Demps can’t comment on the deal until it is officially approved by the NBA about July 11, when the league’s new fiscal year starts. But Holiday’s agent, Tony Dutt, confirmed the trade.
Rival Sports Group, an emerging firm in the sports industry, signs Thomas Robinson, former Kansas University star power forward. Robinson, a unanimous first team All American, is expected to be a top three pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. “Coach Self and the entire coaching staff along with Kansas University have done an excellent job in making Thomas the most NBA ready player in the draft and we are excited to be a big part of this process,” says Jason Martin, Rival Co-Founder.
Darren Heitner: I noted that you are working in conjunction with a start-up agency titled, Rival Sports Group, to represent the Morris twins from Kansas and Tyler Honeycutt from UCLA. How did you form a relationship with Rival Sports Group? What does the relationship entail? Tony Dutt: I am working with Rival Sports Group as a Consultant. I handle all basketball contracts for the company. I must say that so many people try to get into this business and spend alot of money and usually do not succeed for one reason or another, as it is extreamly competitive. I have spent 25 plus years building relationships with owners, general managers, coaches, etc., and I go back to TRUST – it’s developed over time. Rival Sports Group has a lot of business success along with really good people working with them, and I’m really excited about the relationship going forward.