Posted by: natehughart | June 23, 2009

Latest draft notes & news

Yesterday, before he blew my hometown in fine style, Ricky Rubio talked to Sam Amick. I don’t really know what to make of it to be quite honest. It’s clear that Rubio is in for a clear adjustment to speaking English with people who do not speak it the way he is used to.

Sam also mentions that there was a small snag in Rubio’s buyout, but that it’s still headed in the right direction as of now.

This is what Chad Ford wrote late yesterday:

Of course he didn’t. Rubio is a pass-first point guard who makes everyone around him better in a five-on-five game. In a one-on-none I wouldn’t expect him to be great. He’s not going to shoot the lights out. He’s not going to put up highlight-reel dunks. He’s just not that type of player.

But they did get to see him live. They got his measurements (6-foot-5 in shoes with a 6-foot-7 wingspan). They got to check out his body language and English skills.

Most importantly, the Kings got word that Rubio was making progress on a deal with his club in Spain, DKV Joventut, that will lower his buyout to roughly $4 million. When you factor in that Rubio will be allowed to make his payments over several years, there is no longer a huge financial impediment for Rubio to come to the draft.

Interesting all around. One theory that had floated on StR was that the Kings would be better off keeping those measurements to themselves to keep any team who really wanted to know. But, umm, I don’t get it. I don’t think it really matters greatly myself. We know he’s tall, and we know has longish arms. If anything what Ford reported is a surprise his wingspan is that short.

Which means what again? Nothing. We will see come Thursday. I can’t wait.

DX has their latest mock draft up, and while Rubio is still going to the Kings at 4, Derrick Brown is now going to the Kings at 31. Hmmm. (Sam Young is going to the team at 23.)

NBA Draft.net (which I read little of) is saying the Kings will draft Jonny Flynn, Omri Casspi (23) and Sam Young (31).

Matt Moore, of Hardwood Paroxysm, asks the Memphis Grizzlies to do the right thing, and draft Tyreke Evans. (Actually, if you read this piece between Tom Ziller and Moore on Fanhouse, it’s clear I’m not the only one who believes Memphis is best off taking Evans. It’s quite the doozy in several ways. Read this on Rubio and Thabeet as well.)

I think that’s all I can muster up the energy for. Good day.

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