Tuesday, May 24th, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  25 responses

Ricky Rubio Concerned About Potential NBA Lockout

The Timberwolves claim that the ever-elusive Rubio is asking them about what kind of effect next season’s potential (likely?) lockout would have on his NBA career. From the Pioneer Press: “Ricky Rubio would prefer to know if there will be a lockout before committing to joining the Timberwolves for next season. The NBA’s labor agreement expires June 30. The Timberwolves would prefer to know before the draft whether the 20-year-old point guard, their top pick from 2009, will buy out his contract in Spain. The draft is June 23. ‘That is the question,’ Wolves owner Glen Taylor said Monday. ‘He’s asking how that (lockout) might affect him, if we don’t play or if we will play. And our answer is, ‘We won’t know the answer to that question. You’re going to have to make your decision before that. We (NBA owners) are negotiating with the players right now. We’re hopeful we’ll play. But I don’t want to guarantee him that because there’s no way that I know that.’ It would cost almost $1 million for Rubio to buy out his FC Barcelona contract. NBA rules prohibit a team from spending more than $500,000 toward a contract buyout. The Wolves are expected to contribute the limit. ‘It’s up to him to either pay them or finance it or whatever he can do,’ Taylor said of the remainder of the buyout. ‘He has given us indications that he’s very interested. But until he signs, I’m really hesitant to say anything. But he’s met with our guys, and it’s been very positive. He’s asked the right questions.’ Taylor said his basketball people tell him Rubio is a ‘very gifted kid who has a lot of basketball knowledge but probably has to work on his shooting and defense. That’s what they say. But they say that about every kid, I guess.’”

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  • Pippen Ain’t Easy

    Like he’ll play with the T-Wolves. Then again, a Rubio/Love tandem would be interesting. But not like Gay/Love!

  • http://vandelay-industries.org Art Vandelay

    This Rubio-stuff is getting annoying…

  • Groves

    i still have faith in him as a pg

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 DFrance21

    He should just stay in Spain so we can always speculate on how great he would have been in the NBA, instead of coming over and flopping like I fully expect him to.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    Cosign that.
    He’ll just be a Rondo without hustle, just a good passer.

  • Coney Islander

    Austin Rivers, Kemba Walker, Jimmer Ferdette; people far better than Ricky Rubio.His ship has sailed.Stay over there, we don’t believe you you need more people!

  • B-E-Z

    Remember people…..Rubio worked out for teams with Brandon Jennings, Curry & Flynn & WAS THE WORST ONE IN THE GROUP. Looking at Flynn this year Rubio IS GONNA BE A BUM IN THE STATES!!!

  • JL

    Rubio just needs to come over instead of being afraid and using his buyout, or now the lockout, as an excuse. He has a chance but doesn’t really look that good in film either. Like a Nash without an outside shot. Which wouldn’t be very good. Like Rondo without D.

  • Jer dawg

    This is a ploy. A muthaf***ing ploy. Rubio and his people know what’s going on and he’s “acting” like he gives a crap about Minnesota. It’s like the distant relative that knows grandparent is about to pass away and has a fortune for the heirs to be and he suddenly cares about what’s going to happen like it’s going to benefit him. What a bitch.

  • MikeC.

    I just want this saga to end. Either come over to the NBA, or definitively state that you’re never coming. I was hyped up about Rubio a couple years ago, but now I just want him to come over to the NBA and get his arse tore up by the elite PGs.

  • Greg

    It’s now or never. As a Minnesota fan, I hope he comes but its not going to help much. Flynn is a bust and Rubio might join him.

  • SikhWitIt

    Rubio’s ducking the NBA like Mayweather ducking Pacquiao; I’ve heard enough

  • Yesse

    What is he concerned about? He is not gonna play in the Nba anyway. How is it going to affect his image? Running away from the Nba affects his image more.

  • Sam

    Steve Nash didn’t average double figure scoring and over 7 assists a game til he was 26, Rubio is 20 years old. He is constrained by minutes and the slower play of Europe. If he can get into a more open court game (THE NBA) where he can throw it up to athletes and knock down scorers, Rubio will be an assist machine. I watched most of his Euroleague games this year and he was kind of shackled. Give him a couple years in the league and he’ll be the best alley-oop thrower we have.

  • Mario

    Ricky Rubio is an extraordinary player to watch. With that being said.. That’s basically it because he’s no Jerry West to take over the logo, and he’s like a mythological hopeful. The reason I said it is because the person who said he’s just another Rondo is true. Defense is pratically there, but no hustle and a jump shot. I was big on this person watching him on Euroleague, FIBA, and the Summer Olympics / Goodwill Games. All that Ricky Rubio is doing is making himself a shell of an excuse on why he doesn’t want to play for Minnesota. It’s not about the NBA Lockout. It’s about what Dan Fegan the agent wants for Rubio, and that’s either going to a heavily Spanish populated area like New York. Sure the tandem of Love, Beasley, and Rubio does sound good with the 2 improving players of Darko and Ellington.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Why couldn’t he have just not entered the draft, waited all of this out–waited out the lockout and his contract without any pressure–and then signed as a free agent with the team that he wanted to play for? Why enter the draft if there’s an 80% chance you’re going to hate the team that drafts you? Makes no sense.

  • http://dsjkflf.com Jukai

    B-E-Z: Wrong. Rubio only worked out with the Sacremento Kings, and it was only like a draft combine testing his athleticism. Dead the rumors please.
    I mean, normally I wouldn’t care because I’ve given up on defending Rubio cause I don’t think he’ll be that legendary in the NBA anymore (after actually, you know, watching him for two years in the Euros instead of making things up) but I’ve corrected dumb stuff about Rubio before, I might as well keep going.

  • Me

    the real question here is, how old is ricky rubio really?????????? i heard he can be from 22-28!!

  • http://dsjkflf.com Jukai

    ^^^ He’s 20….

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    yeah Rubio never even worked out, I distinctly remember because I was particularly hard on him about it. @Jukai he never even had a personal team workout, just interviews…..to me, I think the kid just needs to decide what he wants. I’m not gonna hate on him. The Euro is strong. He gets love every where he goes, his family is near, he has everything a 20 year old could possibly want…..why make things more challenging and more complicated on yourself if you don’t really have the drive to become an NBA player.

  • http://slamonline.com Waylonakolipse

    Rubio can be a good player, 11-15ppg 5-7apg, but he’ll be lucky if he can make 1 all-star team in a PG heavy NBA.

  • Ronald

    I honestly think he can kill it in the NBA running the pick and roll. He does have a mecurial passing touch.

  • http://dsjkflf.com Jukai

    The Black Rick Kamla: Actually, he did have some workouts with Sacramento, but they were just for physical fitness. I can dig up the link if you want. That’s the only one he went to, cause its the only team he wanted to be drafted by.
    My big problem with Rubio is he’s not getting better as fast as he should be. He’s still a great passer but he hasn’t improved upon it. He’s still a great slasher but his shot hasn’t come along like it could. He’s still a great defender but he still could be less gambly. He’s hitting a wall he shouldn’t have hit.

  • Mike From Spain

    co-sign Jukai. He needs to go to the NBA, and from there he is bound to either go bust because his confidence is destroyed, or step up to the challenge and become great. He needs to take the gamble. Otherwise he’ll never get better, IMO.

  • http://euroleagueadventures.com Nick Gibson

    All these points are valid regarding his shooting (horrible this year…he’d tell you that), defense, and especially his stalled progression overseas due to pace/minutes, but can we blame him for being concerned? If the NBA season doesn’t happen, he will have paid a million bucks on a buyout, and for what? To skip out on a Barca payday, come to the States and not play basketball. I’d be concerned if he weren’t concerned.