Andy Rautins Staying at Parents’ House During NBA Lockout to Save Money

While NBA fans sit and stew about basketball games being cancelled and having nothing to watch, players not only have to find stuff to do to keep busy, but they also have to figure out ways to manage their finances.  For someone like LeBron James, missing out on paychecks isn’t even among the top 10 reasons why the lockout is a nuisance.  For players like Knicks guard Andy Rautins who are supposed to be entering the second year of a two-year, $1.39 million deal, the money is considerably more important.

According to an article on ESPNNewYork.com, Rautins has been staying at his parents’ house right outside Syracuse during the lockout and sleeping in the bedroom he grew up in.  While it gives him an opportunity to catch up with his family, it also beats paying bills at an expensive apartment in New York City.

“It’s nice to get some home cooked meals up here,” Rautins said. “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.”

We tend to think of all professional athletes as set for life financially, but that is not the case at all for many players across the league.  Rautins made $600,000 playing for the Knicks last season, which is a salary any 24-year-old would kill for.  However, he isn’t exactly a superstar who is destined to be given a major payday over the next couple years.  If Rautins never emerges as a viable NBA player, the $1.39 million he made will mean very little for a person who is only in their mid-20s.

Rautins probably isn’t lying to get out of paying child support like this millionaire. A career in the NBA offers a tremendous salary, but as we’ve seen with players who apply for jobs at the Home Depot it can be lacking in the job security category.

Chest bump to Ball Don’t Lie for passing along the story.

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  • Anonymous

    The sad thing is this whole problem isn’t about him or anyone else in the league making a million per year. They will still get a million per. It’s about the guys who make 10mill plus guaranteed whether they play or not.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    How many other players should be doing the same thing? Probably a lot.

  • Tiffany Laffin

    Good for him being financially smart especially in a career where many aren’t, but the fact still remains, he made $600,000 in a year. Am I really supposed to feel bad for them because they have nothing to do to keep them busy or because they only made $600,000? That amount of money is 20 years worth of my salary! 20 years! Now double that for his 1.39 mill and that makes 40 years!

  • Anonymous

    I agree that with this economy we have people and their families in much bigger challanges. Like losing their home and having nothing to eat. So it is real hard for me to feel sorry for them or maybe my time can be better spent watching or reading something with more positive impact on our lives then watching them have fun making unbelievable amounts of money. I wish no harm to anyone i am just trying to put things in perspective. Be blessed everyone.

  • Anonymous

    Come on, man.  You’re pathetic.  I support myself and my son in coastal California on $1600 a month legally without help from anyone so I don’t see your problem.  You need to get real and man up.  Stand on your own two feet and stop running to mommy and daddy to bail you out.

  • Anonymous

    Come on, man. You’re pathetic. I support myself and my son in coastal California for $1600 a month legally without help from anyone. You need stand on your own two feet and not run to mommy and daddy to bail you out. Man up and get real! 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PXSONY3HTWNEY73PJIFF4WD77M WTHwereTheyThinking

    Well, a 24 year old baller that made $600,000 last year?  Not exactly peanuts.  Check out the baseline salaries for the teachers, fire fighters, law enforcement; and, should I EVEN MENTION the service men and women that fight and serve our great country, often times with the BARE ESSENTIALS?  Hey, NONE of the NBA ballers get any empathy from my direction.

  • Anonymous

    I thought at first the article was about Kobe.  Whew!

  • Roy Givens

     “…the $1.39 million he made will mean very little for a person who is only in their mid-20s. ” Are you serious? I’m 52 years old and I haven’t even hit $1 million yet, so it’s hard for me to empathize.

  • James Gentry

    Pathetic? How so? At a time where the only news we hear about players is when they get arrested, this is a true feel good story. He didn’t have to stay at his parents house, he chose to do so to save money and spend time with his family. You have no clue what the schedule for an NBA player is like. You think everything is paid for and they have a lot of time off? Of all the things he could be doing right now, what would you have him do? I applaud Andy for making the lockout a positive rather than a negative. Enjoy your family Andy and stay in shape. When this thing is over, you will be in a better position than most players. Tell your Dad and Mom I said hello.

  • http://twitter.com/JFunkEnergyNav Jeremy Funk

    ” If Rautins never emerges as a viable NBA player, the $1.39 million he made will mean very little for a person who is only in their mid-20s.”

    When I first read this, I thought it was a joke.  1.39 mill over two years in your early 20’s is pretty pretty pretty good.  I make a small percentage of that annual salary and thought I was doing well.  And no, I don’t live with my parents.