If Tony Bennett suits up for the Halifax Rainmen next season, he isn’t going to come at a bargain price.
Bennett, the Rainmen’s top scorer and possibly the most electrifying player in franchise history, has issued a half-joking ultimatum to owner Andre Levingston.
“I told Andre, ‘You get your figures right, get the money right, and I’ll be back,’” Bennett said with a grin. “All joking aside, I love Halifax, but at the end of the day, it’s a business, and you’ve got to do what’s best for you and your family.”
The Rainmen signed the six-foot guard from Chicago on Jan. 29 to replace SirValiant Brown.
In 12 games, he placed 13th in the Premier Basketball League with 19.4 points per game, third in assists with 5.5 and first in steals with 3.1.
Bennett, who has played in Finland and Mexico the past few seasons, said he already has contract offers on the table from teams in Argentina and Venezuela, and is expecting to wind up with a new club in the next week or two.
The Rainmen won’t be on the court again until January.
“Guys are going to have options, but at the end of the day, it’s all negotiations, sitting down, talking,” Levingston said.
A.J. Millien, a six-foot-nine forward who signed with Halifax on Feb. 13, is another player with plenty of options. He averaged 24.7 points per game, winning the PBL scoring title, and said he may sign in the Dominican Republic shortly.
Bennett, Millien, Eric Crookshank, Michael Anderson and Jimmy Twyman are likely to be protected when Levingston submits his five-man protected list to the PBL. He also hopes to bring back Reggie George and Tyronne McNeal.