"...Butler, a seven-year veteran, stressed he won't demand that role right away. His arrival adds another option at shooting guard and small forward to go along with Eric Gordon, Al Thornton, Ricky Davis and Mardy Collins. Dunleavy remains noncommittal about whether Butler would start, other than he'd play at both shooting guard and small forward.
Although Dunleavy remained open to trades and absorbing the rest of a $7.3-million trade exception they had after shipping Zach Randolph last month to the Memphis Grizzlies, he admitted, "I’m totally comfortable with where we are..."As we've told you, the Clippers aren't pushing to acquire Ramon Sessions, and with the Bucks trade yesterday it appears that the Knicks could be the sweepstakes winners by default.
It makes sense that the Knicks keep an eye on David Kahn's trip to meet with Camp Rubio, which he is in fact doing this week. It would appear that if the Timberwolves can't work out a buyout with Rubio or a trade with the Knicks this week, all sides will move on. Rubio will stay in Spain, the Wolves will stand behind Jonny Flynn, who continues to impress, and the Knicks will sit back down with Sessions and his agent Monday at the earliest.
Rubio was the Knicks' target on draft night and it would seem that the Knicks feel his acquisition would be attractive to a 2010 free agent if Walsh can't move center Eddy Curry's contract by next summer.
The team was reportedly in heavy talks with the Washington Wizards around draft night regarding the 5th overall pick (eventually traded to Minnesota) and it is unknown what the pieces were , but one has to figure that the price was too steep to move up not knowing if Rubio would fall that far, which he did.
Reports out of Minnesota say that Rubio has some $600,000 in endorsements, plus $500,000 from the Wolves, which can be used towards his $6.6 million dollar buyout from DKV Joventut, the Spanish team that currently holds his rights. In New York, Rubio would be sure to see millions in endorsement deals, but is there a sensible trade for both sides?