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Tonight at 8 p.m., the Nets continue their four-game road trip by suiting up against the Minnesota Timberwolves

The Nets are coming off an impressive Martin Luther King Day win over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Yet, the team has lost eight straight games in Minnesota.

The Timberwolves are 3-7 in their last 10 as they hover around the .500 mark.

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I'm curious by nature and things don't always make sense to me. This Rubio thing is flying very much under the radar. Not because I think the Knicks are going to make a move, but because I don't think he plays for the Wolves. It is my opinion that he's agreed to come to the NBA because he's agreed to a trade.

Where that is? I don't know. It is also my belief that if no one had heard of Rubio, he'd be the number one pick in this year's draft.

I could be wrong, I just find the timing very curious.

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"...Kahn has remained coy with his strategy if he does wind up with that pick. Rubio, who played wonderfully for FC?Barcelona in the European championship, still has another year in his contract before he can leave for the NBA? and, though Kahn believes Rubio will one day play for Minnesota, there is great speculation that he will be eventually traded and one likely destination is New York. If the Wolves can get Wall, Kahn will have good reason to move Rubio and, according to multiple sources, the Knicks will make every effort to work out a deal.

Another intriguing situation would be if the New Orleans Hornets, who are in the 11th spot in the lottery, somehow come up with a stunning win. They already have Chris Paul and rookie Darren Collison. Would they choose Evan Turner instead? Would they consider dealing Paul and select Wall, whose salary will be far more affordable over the first five years of his contract? If it's the latter, you can expect the Knicks to jump all over the chance to talk to the Hornets about a deal for Paul..."

I've obviously always been of the notion that the team would end up with Rubio. I'm starting to believe, based on the more people with ties to the organization I talk to, that they didn't move up in the draft for Rubio or Steph Curry because of cap space. And that they knew there was a chance they were going to have to deal that 3 million for cap space. Sure, that's kind of a conspiracy theory, but think about it every single move Walsh has made has been about cap space. Sure, they brought in Toney Douglas, but that's only 1 million on the cap for next year. And he's good.

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Via Yahoo-
"...As they did when shopping Stoudemire last season, the Suns want a combination of young talent, salary-cap relief and draft picks for him. Some teams are hesitant to trade for Stoudemire for fear he won?t want to re-sign with them this summer. The Minnesota Timberwolves lead that group of teams, sources say. The Wolves are mostly eyeing small forwards, including the Memphis Grizzlies? Rudy Gay(notes), the Bulls? Luol Deng(notes) and the Washington Wizards? Caron Butler(notes). No one is untouchable on the Wolves roster, sources say...

...The New York Knicks will lose point guards Chris Duhon(notes) and Nate Robinson(notes) this summer to free agency and there are plenty of the team's fans that are happy about that. But it leaves the team with a major hole. The word is that the team still covets Ricky Rubio(notes), the 19-year-old Spanish guard who stiffed the Minnesota Timberwolves last year by not coming to the States after the team drafted him sixth overall..."

Via NY Post-
"...Ricky Rubio, whom the Wolves drafted sixth, is playing in Spain this season, switching teams to FC Barcelona. That actually turned out well for the Knicks, who are still marking his progress.

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Via the Pioneer Press:
"...We know we have a young team with a new coaching staff and a new culture, but we don't want to overly rely on those things as crutches," he said. "At some point, we need to stop talking about those things. We're all accountable, myself especially."

Kahn made numerous moves in the offseason, sparing only five players from last season's roster. Before the season, he consistently maintained that the team would struggle. He asked for patience from fans and projected a "two- to three-year plan" for turning the team around.

Monday's performance, however, challenged Kahn to remain positive.

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Kudos to Pete Vecsey for flat-out asking Donnie Walsh his preference between Ricky Rubio and Stephen Curry in terms of who he would have drafted had the opportunity presented itself. It was something Alan Hahn has been telling us for some time.
"..."Curry," Walsh answered when asked whether he would have taken Stephen Curry or Ricky Rubio. "Not only is he a great shooter but he can get his shot on anyone. Opponents look at his baby face and figure they can manhandle him. Meanwhile he tore up every top-rated guard he went up against at our workout, including Tyreke Evans, who might be the best player in the draft next to Blake Griffin..."
Interesting that Curry would be the pick over Rubio in my opinion based on the fact that Rubio seems to fit D'Antoni's style a little better. Granted, I liked Curry as a facilitator and shot maker given space, but I thought Walsh for sure was targeting Rubio and heard several things of the like.

That being said, Walsh didn't aggressively move in on Curry or move up one spot to take him at #7, which makes me wonder just how much in love they were with him. And judging from what's coming out of Golden State, Curry isn't a great fit with teammate Monta Ellis.

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Via Marc Berman (and kudos to the Bermanator. LLWS, U.S. Open- the guy is everywhere):

"...The Knicks lost out on Bucks point guard Ramon Sessions yesterday, re-igniting Donnie Walsh's interest in the Timberwolves' Ricky Rubio and increasing Walsh's urgency sign restricted free agents David Lee and Nate Robinson...

"Obviously it went through my mind," Walsh said. "Rubio committed to Spain. Right away David signs Sessions. That might mean Rubio is in play. I'll find that out."

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So let me get this straight.

You trade two starters to move up to the 5th pick in the draft.

You draft Rubio with the 5th pick, a player who you know is temperamental about where he sees himself playing, along with the notion that he has to earn enough money to buy himself out of his Euro deal.

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Via Isola:
"...Despite Lee's disappointment in failing to sign a long-term contract, he has been working out at the team's training facility on and off for the past two months. It's a sign that Lee knows he will be back. Robinson is also working out regularly at the facility.

Lee's name has been mentioned in several sign-and-trade scenarios, but Walsh seems reluctant to move the young forward. Walsh denied a report that the Knicks would consider trading Lee to Minnesota for unsigned rookie Ricky Rubio.

"We haven't spoken to them about Rubio since the day after the draft," Walsh said.

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Via NBA.com
"On Saturday night, an agreement was reached between Dan Fegan, the agent for Ricky Rubio, Jordi Villacampa, the president of Joventut Badalona, and myself on behalf of the Minnesota Timberwolves to buy out the last two years of Ricky?s contract with Joventut so that he could play in the NBA next season.

While the term sheet was being finalized Monday night, Ricky informed me that, despite considering us his first option the previous weekend ? and, admittedly, after some back and forth throughout the summer -- he preferred to stay at home to play for FC Barcelona, which earlier this summer had made a buyout offer to Joventut. He also reaffirmed that it was his intention to join us in Minnesota two years from now when he will be 20.

This morning I met with Ricky and his parents and told them that I understood Ricky?s decision. It was clear to me yesterday and in this morning?s meeting that the pressure surrounding Ricky and his family to remain in Spain for at least two more years had only intensified as the summer wore on and was weighing heavily on them.

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A source with knowledge of the situation has informed me that there is a 5pm press conference to be held in Barcelona a sure sign that Ricky Rubio will sign a six-year contract with FC Regal Barcelona.

If the Knicks are going to make any moves at the 11th hour, the clock is ticking, but it would appear that Rubio will be playing overseas for the next two years, much to the chagrin of David Stern and for those Knick fans who think Rubio is the perfect quarterback for Mike D'Antoni's system.

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Dan Fegan was hired for this very reason- to get his client to a big market. So with Ricky Rubio's endorsement funds in the Twin Cities lacking, it would appear that the attention has turned into trying to force a deal to the Knicks.

But there are several key factors in play here.

First, David Kahn worked for Donnie Walsh, so you figure some of the patience that fans in NY have become accustomed to has rubbed off on the Wolves GM. He can field plenty of offers while his property is playing overseas. But, can he allow for the bad PR?

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Via AW:
"...The Minnesota Timberwolves and the NBA will have to wait until 2011 for Ricky Rubio(notes) to leave Europe, a high-level source told Yahoo! Sports on Monday night.

Regal of Barcelona has agreed to a six-year contract with Rubio after working out a buyout package with DKV Jovenut of Spain on Monday.

After weeks of haggling, Minnesota Timberwolves GM David Kahn was unable to facilitate a buyout that would?ve brought the fifth pick in the 2009 draft to the NBA this season..."

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Kevin McElroy of knickerblogger gives a year-round summary of Donnie Walsh. It's worth checking out as grades are given for each move.

"...All told, Walsh?s tenure got off to a promising start but has suffered from several moments of seeming hesitance to take the final plunge and commit to any one comprehensive strategy.? Walsh has clearly leaned toward building for the future at the expense of the present, which is a welcome change from the Isiah era, but his unwillingness to part with anyone of value as a pot-sweetener in the unloading of bad contracts has stunted the Knicks progress toward an ideal 2010 cap situation.? As it stands, the team has a top-flight coach and more young talent and long-term financial flexibility than anyone could have realistically expected 16 months ago.? But one worries that Walsh has hedged his bets a bit too much and will fall short of a free agent jackpot next summer.

Overall Grade: BI vehemently disagree with the Gallinari grade, and we have to be fair about the trade up to the Wizards. There was no reason to believe that Rubio, the target, was going to slip to 5, and Chandler and the 8th pick, which I believe was the reported offer, if true, was too much to give up to move up a few spots in my opinion. Although it's close. Had they made that deal, I wouldn't have been all that upset.But the Wizards did get two NBA ready players in Mike Miller and Randy Foye, a deal they may have liked better.

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Via RealGM:
"...Ricky Rubio, the 5th pick of the Minnesota Timberwolves in this year's draft, has agreed to terms on a contract with Regal Barcelona.
The Spanish team will pay a buyout of 3.7 million Euros, approximately $5.3 million, to Rubio's previous team, Joventut.
Rubio will sign a six-year agreement that contains an affordable buyout in 2011..."
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Via Real GM.
"...With Minnesota Timberwolves' President David Kahn bound for Spain this week, some feel the trip isn't necessarily to bring Ricky Rubio back to Minnesota.

One insider tells RealGM's Alex Kennedy that Kahn could be working out a scenario where Rubio would be dealt to the New York Knicks.

"The Knicks have closed off negotiations with all free agent point guards until next week. I think they're making a push for Rubio and if that fails, then they'll reopen talks with their other options," says the source.

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Update: Not so fast, according to hoopsworld:
"...After trying to verify reports that Ricky Rubio will be staying with JKV Joventut HOOPSWOLRD has learned that Rubio will not be playing with the team next year and that he's still working towards joining the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Rubio's desire to stay with Joventut is overstated as he is ready to make his NBA debut. However, he's currently staying open to the idea of returning in order to help decrease the buyout of his contract. Prior to June 30th Rubio's buyout was 4.75 million Euros ($6.6 million), but now it has jumped up to 5.75 million Euro ($8.08 million). The significant increase has made the buyout issue even more difficult, causing Rubio to say the following to a Spanish website...

...Sources tell HOOPSWORLD that Rubio is looking to get the buyout down to $4 million, which he would sign off on today if it was on the table. For now though progress is being made as the buyout price is coming down, but both sides still remain a ways apart. While Rubio may be threatening to just show up to training camp for Joventut, he really wants to be in the NBA and if they can get the buyout amount close to the $4 million mark that's where he will be... "

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Via Marc Berman:
"...We have interest," Walsh told The Post. "I'm looking into it. He played well for us [last year]. He's a pro."

In fact, after watching yesterday's second straight summer-league loss, a horrible 96-73 defeat to the Pistons, Walsh is bolting Las Vegas today with too much on his plate, including the Carlos Boozer and Andre Miller sweepstakes. Walsh said he will not be able to get enough done in Vegas and wants to be in his Manhattan offices.

Thomas, from northern Jersey, was obtained last November in the Zach Randolph deal and averaged nine points on 46 percent shooting in 21 minutes. At the trade deadline, Walsh shipped Thomas to Chicago for Larry Hughes and regretted it, as Thomas was missed on both ends. After seeing the rawness of first-round pick Jordan Hill, Thomas may have become more appealing.

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Good for Minnesota GM David Kahn. He knows what he's doing.

Honestly, I really believe he does in his own mind.

After befuddling all the members of the media, and probably every front office in the NBA when he decided to select both Ricky Rubio and Jonny Flynn on draft night, the guy is sticking to his guns that he made the right decision. Why that is, I have no idea.

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So as Grant Hill prepares to visit the Knicks and see if the Celts are more serious about he or Rasheed Wallace, the Knicks will be hoping that the former Duke star signs here. At least you'd have to figure.

Sure, Hill brings professionalism and experience to the locker room. He also represents someone who can provide leadership to younger players in the locker room.

And again, I believe if he were to sign here and find himself once again in Coach D'Antoni's system, it would create an opportunity to deal either Al Harrington or Wilson Chandler for you know who.

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According to the Pioneer Press, Rick Rubio is prepared to stay overseas, making the choice of drafting Jonny Flynn a huge mistake for David Kahn.

The report was that Rubio was content with the Wolves for about 4 minutes until the drafted Flynn, leading to Rubio's disgust with Minnesota.

"...The Minnesota Timberwolves' top draft pick, Ricky Rubio, 18, will remain in Spain to play for his DKV Joventut basketball team for the remaining two years of his contract rather than try to move to the NBA this season, El Periodico reported today. The Barcelona newspaper also says Rubio, who was paid $97,000 last season, plans to withdraw his contract lawsuit against DKV Joventut..."
So let's see, Rubio is going to stay with his old team? This smells like yet another play for Rubio. Dropping the lawsuit is an interesting turn of events and one that I am shocked at.? How could the Wolves NOT try him soon and get for him while his value is so high? How can they let him sit overseas?
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Because we here at TKB are men of the people, I received an email from Gym Rat Barnaby who requested that I create a post for possible trade thoughts.

I agree, and I'll start. We know that Rubio is still in play, Kidd or no Kidd, Nash or no Nash (the latter seems to be destined to stay in the land of the Sun), so I've been thinking of who could be the piece(s) that Minnesota would want.

If Wilson Chandler is indeed out of play, I think it could be a combination of Al Harrington and Nate Robinson to Minny-HAHA for Rubio and maybe Ryan Gomes, figuring the Wolves would want the Knicks to take back a contract.

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ESPN.com is reporting that David Kahn is fielding calls on his new star guard, Ricky Rubio. According to Kahn:

"The last thing we needed to do was be demanding and assertive. Not now," Kahn said. "I don't know how this is going to play out. There could be a lot of twists and turns. But I don't feel any self-imposed pressure that this needs to be resolved or concluded in any short fashion."

I have not talked to Kahn, but logic tells me a few things about this situation. The first thing is that he drafted two point guards, back-to-back in the top 10 despite holes at PG, SG, and SF. Kahn decided to be bold, and he realized that Rubio's talent alone was not worth passing up at the 5 spot. At 6, he took Flynn with the intention of playing him next to Rubio. Now Kahn is a basketball man. He knows better than to think that pairing the two purest PGs in the draft as a starting backourt would be an ideal fit. Not with Stephen Curry left on the board.

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Interesting report? filed byKen Berger a little while ago:
"...So a predictable scenario was playing out, one that eerily followed Rubio's comments Wednesday about needing to be taken in a "top spot" to make the approximately $4 million buyout with his European team, JKV Joventut, palatable. Not inclined to view Minnesota -- and the $5.7 million rookie-scale guarantee over the first two years -- as a "top spot," Rubio apparently would rather go home for a year or two than play for the T-Wolves.

"Now I know where I'm going to go, so I have to talk with the team, what exactly they want about me, and if necessary, I'm going to pay the buyout," Rubio said.

That's fine with David Kahn, Minnesota's new GM, who had the stones to pick Rubio even though he knew it would be problematic. He knew it would be problematic because Rubio was represented by Dan Fegan, who tried to scare the bejesus out of the Milwaukee Bucks when they dared to select Yi Jianlian in 2007. That didn't end well, depending on your perspective. Yi was dealt to the Nets in a package for Richard Jefferson, who was given away to San Antonio this week for expiring contracts.

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According to ESPN.com's player mock, Quentin Richardson thinks that the Knicks should take Steph Curry if he falls to the Knicks.

"8. Knicks/Quentin Richardson select ...

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With the rumors with Washington on full speed, the Post's Peter Vecsey adds some fuel to the fire in saying that the Knicks are angling for 5 so they can trade up to 2 to snag Ricky Rubio.

"...Some of the immoderately mesmerized queued up include the Timberwolves, Kings and Knicks, who are angling to acquire No. 5 from Washington for Larry Hughes (but must take the expiring contracts of Mike James and Etan Thomas) and parlay the pick with No. 8 for No. 2.

Disregarding the 6-foot-3 Spaniard's contract tribulations for the moment, Rubio doesn't take a possession off competitively, has improved his 3-point shot whenhe's able to set his feet, a la Jason Kidd, and sees the court like a nun saw a crowded classroom, minus the mistakes.

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Update... From ESPN: "?Our buddy Bucher just popped in to say that the Kings supposedly are not interested in Rubio." Take that for what it is worth. I hope they aren't.

According to Chad Ford, Ricky Rubio returned to Sacramento to work out for the Kings. During his last visit with the Kings, Rubio did not work out because of an illness. Rubio just interviewed with OKC GM Sam Presti, who while impressed, did not offer Rubio a guarantee.

I think Memphis is about 90% out of the picture at this point. Chris Wallace will not draft him with the intention of keeping him. If I was Presti, I would not take him either unless I planned to trade him. He should look for ways to make his team better around his three young stars, not create logjams between two young studs. James Harden, Ty Evans, or Hasheem Thabeet should be the pick at #3. If Rubio impresses the Kings, I am sorry to say that I see them not only taking him, but keeping him as well.

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Via Berman:
"...The Knicks have not given up hope on Ricky Rubio and are still trying to interview the 18-year-old Spanish point guard phenom this week before Thursday's NBA Draft, according to a source. Rubio will be in New York for the draft but hasn't worked out for teams.

Rubio visited Sacramento, but did not work out.

Rumors are circulating that Rubio could fall because of the complexity of his $6 million buyout and the Kings are no lock to take him at No. 4. Rubio has sued his Spanish club and a court hearing is scheduled for tomorrow. A Spanish source said he would not be surprised if Rubio starts the preseason in Spain.

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I'm puzzled why people believe that Jrue Holiday could possibly be a potential bust. What I also have trouble believing or understanding is that a good portion of Knick fans have openly complained that this team needs defense and that their coach doesn't teach it. So, how about bringing in a good prospect who actually WANTS to defend?

And as I've said all along, the reasons why I love Holiday is his ability to want to guard, his physical attributes and skills at the point guard position. To me, he is one of the top 2 or 3 all-around prospects in the entire draft.

But don't worry about me, take David Thorpe's word for it. Thorpe, who doesn't buy my "lefty big men have the advantage" stance, (we'll agree to disagree) has as strong a scouting eye as there is. As Executive Director of the Pro Training Center at IMG Academies in Bradenton, Florida, he has been working potential picks for nearly two decades.

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There are several things in sports that always grab a fan's attention. ESPN sideline reporter Erin Andrews, for example, is someone who's been known to stop any and all bar conversations mid-rant. But from an actual informational standpoint, there is a serious fascination with mock drafts. I like the mocks as much as the next sports junkie, but as we look toward the NBA Draft next week, and even well into July, it appears that there will be so much movement that mocks will be pretty useless.Players that I have talked to in and around Knicks camp feel that a bevy of trades are coming, and the shuffling has them all on edge.

"It's wide open," Tyreke Evans told reporters the other day following his workout at the Knicks' facility in Greenburgh. "One minute they are looking at looking at someone else, then another guy. Hopefully you end up in a good place where you want to be."

Even a player who has been lobbying to end up at 2 Penn Plaza went on record yesterday saying that he's not so sure what to think either.

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Interesting piece by Ailene Voisin of the Sac Bee who pleads for the Kings management to do everything in their power to make sure Ricky Rubio follows up in a long line of Euros to call Sac-town home. None as famous as the one and only Vlad Divac... right Shaq?

Anyway, Voisin adds an interesting note corroborating my thoughts as to why the Knicks could be a major player.

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The Bee is reporting that according to the legendary Dan Peterson, the Knicks ARE trying to move up to get Rubio, validating your boy's gut feeling.
"...Among the other things I have been hearing throughout the day - the Knicks interest in trading for the No.2 pick to swipe Rubio said to be legitimate - are a few red-hot nuggets from former Italian league coach and Milan-based television analyst Dan Peterson. The former Delaware head coach, it appears, is not a fan of Brandon Jennings.During our conversation Wednesday afternoon, Peterson ripped into Jennings, who last week suggested to The Bee that Rubio was little more than a You Tube sensation.

"Ricky Rubio is not overhyped," said Peterson, who broadcast several of Jennings' games last season for Lottomatica Virtus Roma. "Jennings is overhyped. He has it all backwards. He is all about trying to dominate one-on-one, all concerned with individual talent. I find it hilarious."Peterson went on to say that he liked Jennings' quickness and talent, but didn't think he was NBA-ready. Rubio, he says, is NBA ready. "One of the things that happens in the NBA, everybody has a theory on what a guy can't do. That's all you hear. Sacramento would be very lucky to get Ricky Rubio. It would be a good place for (Rubio), the capital city of California, not too big. He is just a terrific player, though he needs to improve his three-point shooting. He gets into the lane, draws fouls, has the whole package. People would love him there. He's a winner. I would throw myself in front of a bus for Ricky Rubio. But I would have a hard time having Brandon Jennings on my team. I would send him home."Ouch. Jennings DID apologize to Rubio, by the way.

Boys, boys, boys ...

Why Peterson's words matter

When trolling for information before the NBA Draft, and relying on international sources as well as NBA types for insights, I tend to avoid the couch potato/stats geeks and consult with the coaches/scouts/sources who actually observe prospects during live games and practices. Thus, Peterson is an invaluable resource.
Peterson is as legendary as a coach in Italy as Mike D'Antoni was as a player. Here's a bit about him from Wiki:
"...In 1987 he retired after coaching for 14 years in Italy. He still holds records for a coach in Italian playoffs with 11 Final Four appearances in 11 years (after which a playoff format was introduced), 9 finals, 4 titles, 74 games coached, and 51 games won. He received the Coach of the Year award for Europe from the WABC and the Coach of the Year for Italy twice. Following his retirement from coaching, he was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995..."
Uh, now I REALLY feel good about it happening.
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Time to step out on a limb.

The more I think of it, the more I've come to realize that when it's all said and done, Ricky Rubio will be a Knick.

How do I know? There just seems to be too many things moving in that direction.

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Memphis will essentially get the ball rolling on draft night.? At this point, I am almost starting to feel sorry for Blake Griffin.? With all of the trade rumors and hype about other players, some tend to forget who sits up top in this draft.? I guess that when there is no debate over who will be the top pick, and to an even greater extent, when there is a major debate as to who will be the second pick, Griffin will just have to wait until draft night to receive more accolades.

Memphis has been the target of a bunch of trade rumors because of their coveted second overall pick.? The consensus #2 pick, Ricky Rubio, does not want to play in Memphis.? Memphis, apparently, is not enamoured with anyone else to the point where they would be the clear cut #2 pick.? It is clear that Memphis does not want to make a selection that they do not like.? With a franchise that has been absolutely brutal ever since it has come into existence, wasting the second overall pick is not an option.

Lucky for the Grizzlies, there appears to be a bouty of other options for them to consider.? The Knicks, Rockets, Celtics, and Timberwolves have all reportedly called the Grizzlies to inquire about the pick (I am sure there are many more teams as well.)? Two interesting rumors this morning involve the Celtics and the Wolves.

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Okay, so I've had the chance to watch some video and talk to some guard prospects and have heard some scouting reports from people's camps, but at the end of the day the best information that I have to go on are the countless times I've seen the prospects play. For guys like Ricky Rubio or Brandon Jennings, who I really didn't have the chance to see play much, it would appear that they still appear to be the first two guards taken, although the Kings may have a different say in that.

So without further adieu, here's my take on the guards in order:

1- Ricky Rubio- What Jennings says aside, Rubio is still the premiere PG in this draft. He's been playing elite-level professional basketball since he was 15 and from what I saw more than held his own against Team Redeem. In a free space-type system with adequate playmakers, the guy could be scary good. In a slow down, plodding half court set he will still find shots for teammates, but his jump shot could be exposed. That doesn't mean he can't be a solid jumpshooter. Remember Jason Kidd couldn't hit a jumper coming out of college either and became a? more-than-efficient spot/set shooter as his career progressed. And as far as the individual performances Jennings is referring to, remember basketball is a team game.

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In keeping with the Jennings theme, check out the Sac Bee's video.

At the end of the first video Jennings was asked if Rubio was all hype after talking about the one time when he played him and apparently got the best of him. His answer, "yup." Then he really goes off.

He also went on to say that if Rubio worked out with the likes of Jennings, Flynn, Ty Lawson, Stephen Curry and Jrue Holiday that we probably wouldn't be "the top."

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Ronald Tillery, who you have to think has deep ties in the Grizz organization, or at least is their mouthpiece, is reporting that several teams, including the Knicks, have called about the second pick.
"...As the rumor mill churns, the Griz have been approached by several teams about acquiring the second overall pick. Boston, Houston and New York are said to be among the most recent suitors.

Boston and Houston would likely have to offer an established NBA player or two, given that neither team owns a first-round pick. New York owns the eighth pick and likely would want to move up for the opportunity to take Rubio..."

I actually trust Tillery. He seems to have a pretty good hold on the situation. Or Chris Wallace is feeding him stuff, which would certainly be the wise thing to do as a means to leak information and see who's interested in moving up.

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Dave D'Alessandro of the Newark Star Ledger had a few interesting bits to munch on this morning.? Most importantly to Knicks fans, he had the following to say:

"Speaking of agents: You've already heard about Dan Fegan issuing his Ricky Rubio warning. If the Spanish teen doesn't like his top 5 landing spot, he's staying home. Paying $6 million for the privilege of landing in Tennessee or Oklahoma isn't worth it, the story goes.

But we've heard this proviso from a few GMs in the last week: If Rubio gets a guarantee that he'll land in New York, he'll grab it with both hands even if the Knicks (picking 8th) don't have to move into the top 5 to get him."

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Via Spot on Hahn
"...This is going to be a very interesting situation as we get closer to the draft. I'm curious to see what Rubio does with his NBA workouts and what teams he may invite to come to his workout. Would he really try to pull a power play against Memphis, even with fellow Spaniard Marc Gasol on the team? Or would Memphis, who already has Mike Conley and a combo guard in OJ Mayo, even want to draft another guard? Oklahoma City has Russell Westbrook, would they move him to the two in favor of Rubio?

What will the trade demands be for teams who may want to move up to get Rubio?

HOOPSWORLD made an interesting revelation:

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Aaron Goodwin, whose firm Goodwin Sports represents the likes of Dwight Howard, Kevin Durant and Nate Robinson, says that no NBA GM will be put in a situation to pass on Ricky Rubio based on fear of him holding out.

"...A general manager and an owner are not going to succumb to an agent saying, ?If you select my player he?s not going to come here,?? said Aaron Goodwin.

"If a GM does, he won?t be a GM much longer.?

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I know this was posted in the comments section of the previous post, but here's a note from Jonathan Givony:
"...While it may seem strange for the Clippers to so quickly anoint Griffin as their choice before really possessing a full picture of what?s on the table, many in the league think Dunleavy (also the Clippers GM in addition to their head coach) wants to leave no doubt in anyone?s mind that Griffin is going first, in an effort to get teams to make their best offers.

?The Clippers need a point guard more than anything. They can easily trade Baron Davis back to the Warriors if they want to. I think they are going to move down to 3 or 4 and try to get Rubio there.?

While Oklahoma City would obviously be extremely interested in the prospect of acquiring the top pick and drafting local product Blake Griffin, there is one team standing in their way ? the Memphis Grizzlies, who own the #2 pick. From what people around the league are saying, Rubio?s camp may already be sending out feelers indicating that he?s not interested in the least bit in playing in Memphis.

?Rubio doesn?t want to go to Memphis, and he especially does not want to pay money out of his own pocket with that huge buyout for the honor of doing so. Fegan [Rubio?s agent] wants him in L.A., and if he can?t have him there, he wants him in Sacramento. Definitely not Oklahoma City. ..?

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Other than Kobe Bryant's stance against the Hornets in 1996, throughout the history of the NBA Draft, no other player that I can think of? has ever held leverage in post-draft contract negotiations. Even the better European players like Dirk Nowitzki and Andrea Bargnani did not have the fanfare heading into the draft that Ricky Rubio has coming in to this year's draft. Rubio played his first professional game at age 15 and was a member of Spain's national team at age 17.

Every other player selected has simply signed on the dotted line and played for their paycheck.

But, Rubio is already making a paycheck, so he technically doesn't HAVE to sign if he isn't happy with the city and the organization that drafts him.

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According to Sporting News' blog The Baseline, Kings president Geoff Petrie was out scouting draft prospect Ricky Rubio who had to leave the game with an apparent groin injury.
"...With the worst record in the NBA, the Sacramento Kings obviously have the best chance at getting the No. 1 pick in June's draft -- we'll know the order after the draft lottery Tuesday night. Team president Geoff Petrie is busy scouting players, and Saturday he was in Spain to get an up-close look at point guard wonder Ricky Rubio. We know this because Petrie was providing updates via Twitter.

Unfortunately, Rubio played only 10 minutes before getting injured. According to one of Petrie's Twitter posts: "Rubio left game with apparent groin strain defending in open court. Went to lockerroom..."

Haven't heard exactly to what extent Rubio's injury is, but this won't affect his draft status.
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Considering that the other thirteen teams in the lottery have stable point guard situations, the Knicks are the only team that would seriously consider taking Ricky Rubio over Blake Griffin with the first pick in the draft. ?If the Knicks were to get lucky and nab the first pick during next week's lottery, I think they would opt to use it on Ricky Rubio, the 18-year old Spanish phenom point guard. ?Rubio's IQ and feel for the game are unparalleled for someone of his age, and as we know with Danilo Gallinari, there's something about pro experience at a young age that teaches leadership qualities and intangibles. ?Now, will his 6'3, 190 pound body survive in the NBA? ?And how long will it take for his game to translate to the NBA? ?Those are the two biggest questions surrounding Rubio. ?Yet, in an extremely weak draft, there is no chance Rubio slips past the two spot. ?He's already being deemed as the best European prospect since Drazen Petrovic, and he's been labeled a young Pete Maravich. ?He also plays in the Euroleague, the top level of basketball in Europe. ?The Knicks chances of winning the lottery are at 2.8%, and their chances of winning the 2nd pick are just slightly above that. ?Yet, regardless of where they end up picking, trading up for Rubio is a possibility.

If the Knicks truly think that Rubio is their guy, the quarterback of the future that will lead them into prosperity, they can't let him go, especially without a first round pick in 2010. ?Look at the Jets, for instance. ?They weren't satisfied with Kellen Clemens or Brett Ratliff, and they felt that Mark Sanchez was their guy, a perfect fit and a franchise quarterback. ?I know I'm not satisfied with Chris Duhon, even as a stopgap, and even if the Knicks do lure a star or two in 2010, who's going to run the show? ?Rubio is as perfect a fit with the Knicks as Sanchez was for the Jets. ?He plays hard, he plays defense, and he'll make some dazzling plays. ?He loves the big stage, and the Rubio-Gasol, Rubio-Fernandez or Rubio-Calderon matchups would not hurt in terms of ratings and revenue.

I think Rubio is a great fit, and so do a lot of other Knick fans, but does Walsh? ?We know that the Knicks wouldn't be able to involve Nate Robinson or David Lee in a trade because they can't be dealt until July 1st, so the Knicks might have to part ways with an Al Harrington or Wilson Chandler. ?Either way, it's possible. ?And if the Knicks think that Rubio is the perfect fit, they should make it happen.

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In an interview with a Spanish reporter, Ricky Rubio confirms his intentions to enter the NBA draft and? talks about his future in the NBA and the possibilities of where he'll land.

Now my Spanish needs sharpening, but from what I can gather is that Rubio is taking the plunge and is looking forward to playing in the NBA next year.

He mentions the Knicks and Lakers as places where he'd "prefer" to play but that the Clippers, Wizards, Kings and Thunder, "all have many possibilities."

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Tommy Dee says: I'd hope the Kings, who have a 25% chance at 1, fall to 2. Then the Knicks can offer their first round pick and Nate Robinson, who the Kings were reportedly interested in, for Kenny Thomas and the 2nd pick in a sign and trade.

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Jonathan Givony of draftexpress.com is reporting that Stephon Curry and, most likely, Ricky Rubio will be a part of the 2009 draft class.

"...While as many as six potential lottery picks (Willie Warren, Cole Aldrich, Ed Davis, Greg Monroe, Al-Farouq Aminu and possibly Evan Turner) have already declared their intentions to return to college next season, one player who will not is Davidson?s Stephen Curry. Sources close to the situation tell us that Curry will call a press conference shortly to announce he is putting his name in the draft. From what we understand, it?s very likely he keeps it in too. Curry looks like a pretty solid bet to get drafted somewhere in the 8-15 area, with teams like the Knicks, Nets and Suns currently looking to be the most interested amongst that group. Curry very much wants to graduate from Davidson, and this decision wasn?t an easy one as you can probably tell by how long it took, but at the end of the day, the NBA was too enticing an option considering where his draft stock is at at the moment, and how stacked next year?s draft is already shaping up to be.

...1990 International, DKV Joventut- Back on the DraftExpress 2009 mock draft, after a four month stint where he was projected for 2010. Sources close to the situation indicate that Rubio?s family is now in favor of him entering this year, and that will almost certainly be on the early-entry list when it?s released on April 27th. His buyout still needs to be negotiated, which is easier said than done, but a final decision on whether to stay in likely won?t come until very close to the pull-out deadline, on June 19th. Unlike college players who are bound by the more restrictive NCAA rules, International players can enter the draft up to three times, which gives him plenty of wiggle room.

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It appears that the team is going to try to appease Rubio if he should enter the draft lottery.
"...Next year, from a sporting standpoint, we need Ricky Rubio, and looking ahead to the following year, if he still had the enthusiasm to go to the NBA, we would look to find an agreement so that neither the player nor the club would come out hindered.?

If the 18-year old Spanish?Rubio was allowed to enter this year?s draft, he is expected to be drafted first or second, along with Blake Griffin.?Rubio is currently under a three-year contract with DKV Joventut, so his future is ultimately up to the Spanish club.

Even if Rubio was allowed by DKV to enter the draft, NBA teams that are planning to draft the point guard phenom would have to deal with a multimillion dollar buyout.?He is in the second year of his contract and Villacampa said that if Rubio was to choose the NBA this next season, Joventut ?would be strict? regarding his multi-million dollar buy-out clause.

I would venture to guess that any team that gets the opportunity at Rubio would pay the buyout, but with the economic climate who really knows. The Knicks, of course, are the biggest market team in the lottery. Either way, Rubio's agent is stern on the fact that he wants his client to play right away.
"...In addition to his contract buyout, Germa?n Gonz?lez, Rubio?s agent has been less than bullish on Rubio?s NBA prospects. ?We do not want it to go like other players who have left very high in the Draft and soon they do not play. The Americans have become crazy to have players there as soon as possible. The decisions will be taken based on which the European market also provides.? Gonz?lez told Spanish Sports Daily Marca..."
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Last night was an abomination.? Absolutely horrid.? Actually, aside from the thrill of lottery positioning, the last couple of weeks have been putrid as well.? Mike D'Antoni has appeared to lose his team a bit.? The other day he mentioned that he will not be shy in gutting this team.? No one on this roster, aside from probably Danilo Gallinari, is safe from the D'Antoni wrath this summer.? Donnie Walsh has his work cut out for him this summer.? One thing is certain, he will make plenty of moves.? He will not let this same stale bunch don the Knicks uniform and represent this city for another season.

Chris Duhon looks like he could be a goner.? The same with Nate Robinson.? Perhaps the same with Al Harrington.? Those are three chips for Donnie to play with during the offseason.? While the future looked bright earlier in the season, this team has cast a dark cloud over the dreams of the future.

But on May 19, one night can change the entire outlook of this franchise.? At this time last year, the feeling was a bit different.? Donnie Walsh had the important task of cleaing house.? He had to find a new coach.? He had to deal with multiple massive contracts.? He had to make the first Knick lottery pick in a while.? This year, the attitude is different.? Now Donnie has to build a team.? Now he has to bring a large part of the future to the present.

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DraftExpress.com thinks that Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio is leaning towards entering the NBA draft this year.? via DraftExpress.com:

"Ricky Rubio is back on our 2009 mock draft, after a four month stint where he was projected for 2010. Sources close to the situation indicate that Rubio?s family is now in favor of him entering this year, and that will almost certainly be on the early-entry list when it?s released on April 27th. His buyout still needs to be negotiated, which is easier said than done, but a final decision on whether to stay in likely won?t come until very close to the pull-out deadline, on June 19th. Unlike college players who are bound by the more restrictive NCAA rules, International players can enter the draft up to three times, which gives him plenty of wiggle room."

Rubio entering the draft would be a smart move for him because he is likely to go #2 behind Blake Griffin.? In what is considered a "weak draft", Rubio would be the other seeming sure star coming into the league.

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