By Jerry Zgoda
My colleague Dennis Brackin tracked down Quincy Lewis, Jim Boeheim and a few others who have seen Ricky Rubio up close and wrote a profile on him for tomorrow’s front page of the paper.
That short report in a Spanish newspaper strikes me as merely posturing in what looks like a protracted dance between the Timberwolves and Rubio’s camp. Sounds like he’s negotiating his Badalona team for a better buyout number by saying he’ll come back for two more seasons rather a news-making decision. He’s already signed for those two seasons anyway. Remember this is a guy who just a week ago was saying he wanted more than anything to play in the NBA.
David Kahn said by text message late this afternoon and early evening that he doesn’t know if the report is accurate and said he doubted whether it was a significant development in what he has predicted could be a “turbulent” summer because of the RRM (Ricky Rubio Matter).
As mentioned by posters here, it will be interesting to see if Kahn and the Wolves make a play for unhappy Portland guard Rudy Fernandez — a true shooting guard and Rubio’s former Joventut Badalona teammate who is none too thrilled the Blazers are trying to sign Hedo Turkoglu — in an attempt to woo the draft’s No. 5 pick and make him feel more at home in Minnesota.
OK, I’m back out…