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Rubio camp meets with T-Wolves owner

Posted on: July 13, 2009 11:22 pm
Edited on: July 13, 2009 11:42 pm
 
LAS VEGAS -- Ricky Rubio's agent, Dan Fegan, met with Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor Monday to get acquainted and attempt to resolve the logjam that has the Spanish point guard almost certainly headed back to Spain for at least a year or two.

Nothing was decided at two separate meetings at the COX Pavilion during summer league play, and a resoolution is not imminent, according to a person familiar with the meetings. Minnesota thus far has resisted any overtures aimed at trading Rubio to a team that he'd be willing to join immediately.

Timberwolves GM David Kahn reiterated that he is prepared to be "extremely patient" with Rubio, "even if it means waiting a year or two." Rubio, 18, decided after Minnesota draft him that he preferred to return to his Spanish team rather than negotiate a buyout. All the Timberwolves can contribute to the buyout, according to the collective bargaining agreement, is $500,000. The buyout in his contract with DKV Joventut originally was for $6.6 million, but recent reports have placed it closer to the $4 million range.

The T-Wolves, who also drafted point guard Jonny Flynn, of course would retain Rubio's rights while he is playing overseas. He would be 20 years old and more experience when he eventually returned to the NBA.


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Since: May 9, 2007
Posted on: July 14, 2009 2:47 pm
 

Rubio camp meets with T-Wolves owner

Very well said.  I could not agree with you more.  Finally a post on this website that has a sound theory behind it.  Thank you!!




Since: Jul 14, 2009
Posted on: July 14, 2009 2:28 pm
 

Rubio camp meets with T-Wolves owner

I think the T-Wolves made the right move here.

Rubio was rated the 2nd or 3rd higest rated player on their board. 1Griffin, 2Rubio, 3Thabeet  or 2Thabeet, 3Rubio.  The team is years away from contending.  They decided to use Rubio as an asset.  Their guy was Flynn all along.  After trading away Foye and Miller they thought they could get Flynn and Harden or Evans.  But since Thabeet, Evans, and Harden were gone, they didnt see value reaching for a guy.  Stacked at PF and needing everything else.  You have to try a get a star in the top 5.  I can see the point of drafting Curry then instead of Flynn, so then you'd have the shooter and the passer.  But I guess that T-wolves wanted Flynn the whole time and Rubio fell to them so they had to take him based on value alone.  I heard a radio interview with T-woles GM and he said that Curry's camp was insisting that he was a PG, so apparantly the had Flynn and Rubio rated as better PGs.  If he did sign it would be huge marketability upswing for the team.  T-Wolves havent had a player as the face of the team since KG. Jefferson a little bit. If he doesnt sign or waits, he'll retain his value barring injuries.  The team can afford to wait it out and take in other offers from teams.  I think Rubio is already worth more than the #5 pick in next years draft.  When Rubio does turn pro, he can only get a #5 pick contract. It doesn't cost the team any more for him to develop his game and body somewere else for a year or two and still only be 19-20 when he turns pro. I think the T-wolves made the right moves here considering who was left when it was their time to pick.
  




Since: Apr 21, 2008
Posted on: July 14, 2009 2:03 pm
 

Rubio camp meets with T-Wolves owner

I agree. Flynn is going to end up being a much better player than Rubio. I don't see why people have such a hard time grasping that.



Since: Apr 21, 2008
Posted on: July 14, 2009 2:01 pm
 

Rubio camp meets with T-Wolves owner

He's not going overseas to gain more experience. If he would have been drafted in a big market, he'd be playing this year. This dad needs to be taken out of the equation b/c he thinks his kid as a right to decide to where he wants to play. It's a privelege to play in the NBA, not a right. I don't care if he stays in Europe playing until he's 40. If I were the T'Wolves, I'd tell him you're either playing here or you're playing in Europe. You're not playing for any other NBA franchise no matter how much your dad bitches and complains. 90% of the time these Euro players don't even make it. There shouldn't even be an international player drafted in the top ten. They don't have the toughness that the NBA requires.



Since: Jun 15, 2009
Posted on: July 14, 2009 1:53 pm
 

Rubio camp meets with T-Wolves owner

Cannot take seriously any post about weakness from someone that cannot spell weakness.  Back to the minors for you.



Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: July 14, 2009 1:12 pm
 

Rubio camp meets with T-Wolves owner

And for everybody who is doubting Jonny Flynn; Watch the replay of the sick game he had against UConn in the Big East tournament. And he just had 14 dimes in his first summer camp game. Flynn is sick.

Go Wolves



Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: July 14, 2009 1:08 pm
 

Rubio camp meets with T-Wolves owner

How about Rubio stop being such a baby? It doesn't matter about the market, if he puts up numbers, he will get endorsements. Cleveland isn't a big market, and look at how many endorsements Lebron has. I'm not saying Rubio is Lebron, but if Rubio puts up good stats, an average market won't hold him back from getting endorsements. And once you enter the NBA draft, you don't have the choice of who you are selected by. The Timberwolves drafted him, so the Timberwolves have his rights. Ricky Rubio needs to suck it up and play in 1-2 years. New York City is literally on the same latitude line as Minneapolis, so the weather is NOTHING to complain about. "It's too cold". How old are you Ricky Rubio? I'm not as old as you and weather is not an issue. So hike up your jockstrap and be a man about it and come to Minneapolis.

Go wolves



Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: July 14, 2009 12:42 pm
 

Rubio camp meets with T-Wolves owner

I completely agree here.  If I was Rubio's agent, I would be out trying to get endorsement deals, a shoe deal, anything that would bring up my income, regardless of whether he plays in the NBA this year or not.  That way, if he goes back for one year and the buyout is less, he will have the scratch to pay it off quicker and make moving to the NBA easier.  Location really doesn't matter for national endorsement deals.  I mean, Lebron lives in Cleveland for God's sake and he got his own shoe immediately from Nike and made bank in his first year.  It is not like Cleveland is a media mecca or anything. 



Since: Apr 4, 2007
Posted on: July 14, 2009 12:38 pm
 

Rubio camp meets with T-Wolves owner

Man, if only every one else was as smart as you. I do not see this as a smart move. Not for the TPups, and not for the NBA. It keeps a valuable commodity out of the NBA for another two years and voids a player, teammate, weapon the TPups could have had this year and next.

Oh wait, I forgot. No matter how many times it iss reported. No matter how much proof surfaces that Rubio is headed back to Spain for a couple years, homers will still try to act like they know more than even the G.M. running the show does.

Briliant!!!!!

Let me guess, you are one off the 50 percent of the Sports Nation that think they coul dhit a baseball out of a major league park with an aluminum bat?



Since: Apr 4, 2007
Posted on: July 14, 2009 12:01 pm
 

Rubio camp meets with T-Wolves owner

Man, if only every one else was as smart as you. I do not see this as a smart move. Not for the TPups, and not for the NBA. It keeps a valuable commodity out of the NBA for another two years and voids a player, teammate, weapon the TPups could have had this year and next.

Oh wait, I forgot. No matter how many times it iss reported. No matter how much proof surfaces that Rubio is headed back to Spain for a couple years, homers will still try to act like they know more than even the G.M. running the show does.

Briliant!!!!!

Let me guess, you are one off the 50 percent of the Sports Nation that think they coul dhit a baseball out of a major league park with an aluminum bat?


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