Wednesday, December 31st, 2008 at 10:21 am  |  60 responses

Agent: Ricky Rubio Likely To Skip 2009 Draft

by Ryne Nelson

According to Rubio’s agent, Germa’n González, “it is a real possibility” that the Spanish point guard will not declare for the upcoming 2009 NBA Draft.

The following is rough English translation, as González told to Marca, the Spanish nationwide daily sports newspaper:

“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.”

While González also said Rubio’s decision to remain in Europe is not final, Rubio’s € 6 million ($8.4 million USD) buyout could eventually cause him to stay. A complex renegotiation with DKV Joventut needs to occur in order to reduce the high costs (higher than even the salary of a no. 1 selection) of rescission.

Despite talks of being a Top 5 pick in June, worries about Rubio’s NBA-readiness will likely cause him to forgo the NBA for at least another year.

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  • Young Chris MP3

    Not surprising

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    This just ruined Lang’s New Year.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    (Yawns…….waits for the Menudo World Tour to start in Miami……watches Ricky sing “Dulces Besos” on Telemundo at my mother in laws house……then laughs as he abruptly leaves the stage to enter the 2011 draft in mid song.)

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS


  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose


  • http://where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    Well that’s one less debate we’ll be having this summer.

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    It would be kind of funny if he signed a huge deal with Barcelona or someone.

  • Mendel

    He’s going for the euro BABY!

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Question: What is a ‘rescission’?
    Also: meh.

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    I wouldn’t want to go to Minny or Oklahoma either. He’s a warm-weather kid.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    I just realized, Moose looks like the American Ricky Rubio!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    I do? Hmmm . . . Really? Hmmmmm again. The British Ricky Rubio: Elijah Wood. Frodo!

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    i wonder who looks like the Spanish Ricky Rubio

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Unless that wasn’t you in your blog pics, Moosepipe.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    It was, Eboy. Just know I ball like Rubio as well.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Kyle Korver’s evil cousin?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Names I’ve been called by SLAM people:
    Young Moose
    Little Moose
    Moosepipe . . . thanks for the addition, Eboy, I guess . . . :)

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    With the first pick the Minnesota Wolves draft the *rights* to….

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Myles, speaking of that . . . I had a bl0g entry about a month ago that you might be interested in about that . . . I’ll email it to you.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    So you can’t shoot Moose? Great start to a career, kiddo.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Well, I was kinda just saying that I was nasty . . . but I’m a forward, so don’t pick it all apart, E. I can shoot the lights out.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose
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  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    Myles, you know they only pick Rookies of the Year to thoughtfully re-distribute.

  • http://www.twitter.com/devineboston Devine

    Dude, goathair’s gonna be piiiiiiiiissed.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    So are we to assume that you are going to try and be the SF on the imaginary SLAMOnline commenter team? Nasty? That’s how you describe yourself? At 13? Put some video of game action up on your blog so we can get a view of Moose Nasty in action.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Maybe, Eboy, just maybe. I play the 4 as well. Who are the other members? Remember my dimensions, Eboy.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Yeah, but you’re still a baby in basketball time….remember that.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    E, maybe if you give me your email address I might send you some stuff. Once it stops snowing. We’re getting five inches today! How many feet you got over in WPB, E?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    I’m still a baby in basketball time? Hmmmm. So is LeBron. But in game, he makes up for the lot of it. Remember that, Eboy.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Lebron also has 11 years on you.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Moose, Lebron could bench press you when he was in 3rd grade. Your not Lebron.

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    When commentors start comparing themselves to LeBron is when the entire site should be shut down. Sheesh.

  • Homie

    Moose, if you’re Non-Homie, then does that make me the non-Moose?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    BETCATS, I’m not LeBron. Nobody’s LeBron. However, I am twice as good as you are . . . or is that Boston-Raliegh? Sorry about that one. And yes he does, Eboy, but he didn’t eleven years ago. That’s my point.

  • Captain America

    Mike Miller, ROY 2000-2001

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that, at 13, LeBron was better than everyone on here is now, let alone when they were 13.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Probably a smart move by the Kid. Hold on, Moose is only 13?!

  • http://deleted Fresh

    if you paid attention they having been saying from lst year that he probably wouldn’t be able to get out of his contract. And for getting a buy out for next year draft would be a little diffiult but a little bit easier. Also who doesnt want to be the number one pick in the draft

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne


  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Homie, you’re not me . . . so I guess that makes you non-Moose. But the dude who called me that wasn’t very respectful, and hopefully you are, so . . .

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Russ is right. I’m more in the Jordan mold. :)

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Mr. Bengtson, I was just joking around, playin’ with Eboy.

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    he’s already better than Deron Williams

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    13 years old and talking smack like Gary Payton. Oh, by the way Moose, mr. Payton is that gentleman who was at his best when he played for the Sonics. Remember when Payton went to the Finals with the Sonics in 1996? Oh wait, you were only…. 1!!!!!!

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    I am a dinosaur though. I’m 86.

  • Young Chris MP3

    Moose should be banned. He’s worse than Chukaz…

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com Dutch Rich

    Hibachi 2.0

    Where the NBA’s wettest (placenta fluid) and c0ckiest bloggers happen….

  • http://www.bbl.org.uk Josh D

    You know that spanish agent is right americans are crazy about having players in the league as soon as possible, they’re way too much pressure put on the guys from high school,way too early, over here in the UK,teams in Football and pretty much any other sport, including american ones,grow they’re own talent and that way they’re a lot less pressure on young guys

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    I’m just joking, guys. I guess I should have clarified that, sorry.

  • Nbk

    but the american guys are more often then not better and in most cases the ones that get all the pressure out of high school are succesfull. (The ones that go out of high school with no hopes of a lottery selection are ilinformed children that were not given proper advice by those close to them) Those like LeBron James, Kevin Garnet, Kobe Bryant, Jermaine O’Neal, Tracy McGrady, Dwight Howard, Tyson Chandler, etc. were pressured by everyone around to go, and were guaranteed to go in the first round w/ guaranteed contracts (like ricky rubio would be) have had more success then the average player who goes to college for 2-4 years. Going to college to develope is not in any way a proven way to make a kid a better pro, (unless that kid is a below lottery level talent or has not matured physically). What I am saying is just because the UK does not put pressure on their young guys to go to the NBA does not mean they don’t do the exact same thing. I may be off by a little bit but i believe Ricky Rubio was 14 when he played his first PROFESSIONAL basketball game, and in the United States you can’t play in the top League until your 19. All of Europe puts just as much pressure on a person to go professional but European ball in general does not put pressure on individual success and that is the difference between the UK and the US.

  • Nbk

    And if Ricky Rubios agent represents other players in Euro League I bet he would like the teams to trust him as an agent who is not screwing their club out of money because their is no way staying in the euroleague for another year will not make more money for DKV then if Ricky left and they received his buyout. And if Ricky is not loosing money, and DKV is not loosing money, my bet is during these tough financial times his Agent is not loosing money. (I say this because I believe I read Ricky’s family and Ricky do not plan on trying to make a marketing brand out of his career.) If thats the case then Germa’n González has no money to lose by keeping him in Europe.

  • stephen curry is amazing

    I HATE RICKY RUBIO!!!!!! i hope that b***h stays in europe his whole life!!!!! u suck rubio

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    HAHA, bringing Hibachi into disrepute.

  • Brad

    I don’t think he could run the point in the NBA yet anyways.

  • Yassi

    I have some more “Eurolinks” for Mr. Long and Mr. Lang:

    http://crossover-online.de/FIBA/Future-in-Focus/x_5239.html (with videos in english (sort of))


    tons of videos of classic Euro games here:

    (all bold headlines are links)

    If any translations are needed just let me know.

    Btw, Frohes Neues und a Happy New Year to everyone!

  • jakizzle

    this just ruined the next draft it’s even more watered down now

  • Jimmy G

    No need to rush coming to the Memphis and forming a 3 head future monster with Rudy Gay and Oj Mayo that would lose 50 games a year for 4 years.

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