September 02, 2009
It's looking like there is now no way Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio(notes) will be coming to the NBA for at least another two years. It was rumored that the New York Knicks were interested in grabbing his rights from the Minnesota Timberwolves to try and extricate him from his contractual mess in his homeland.
But the Knicks are saying they haven't talked to Minnesota about Rubio since the day after the draft in June, according to the New York Daily News. Knicks team president Donnie Walsh has apparently kept busy since then talking about sign-and-trade deals for restricted free agents forward David Lee(notes) and/or guard Nate Robinson(notes), but now he is expecting to sign the pair for the coming season. Both wanted long-term deals but Lee is reportedly likely to get a one-year deal for around $7 million and Robinson for around $5 million.
Meanwhile, Minnesota Timberwolves vice president for basketball operations David Kahn is saying Rubio briefly agreed to come to the NBA and then backed out of the deal on Monday, saying he wanted to stay in Europe for a few more years, according to the Toronto Sun. Now Kahn is apparently telling Rubio he's not giving him any more guarantees for now or two years from now, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
If this guy ever comes to the NBA, he'll be sure to find that he's won himself a lot of, uh, fans in the United States already. And they'll be sure to show their support when he shows up in their arena.