A rival general manager is on the phone discussing the Grizzlies' options with the No. 2 pick.
"If I'm the Grizz, I probably trade the pick."
Run from it. Full sprint. Get the certainty of an established player, maybe a power forward to address their biggest position need, and probably pick up a choice later in the first round while dodging the gathering storm of problems. Not the usual every-draft-is-a-risk problem, either.
Buyout problems. Lawyer problems. International problems.
A little less than two weeks before the draft, a lot of teams can't say for sure Rubio will be in the United States next season even if he is selected on June 25. He is challenging the terms of the buyout agreement with his Spanish club, DKV Joventut, and has requested arbitration to help settle the dispute, with clarity hanging in the balance. Victory clears the way for the prodigy point guard to come to the NBA, defeat douses him in uncertainty.
Rubio, a debate topic of the draft even without the legal maze, could get Stateside no matter what. His agent,
There is this, though: Rubio might not be the right choice, period. Not because a few lawyers could get summer houses off this one. Not because the Grizzlies would prefer to avoid the PR nightmare of Rubio staying in his native Spain next season, although they would hold his rights. Not even because speculation continues that Fegan is signaling that his client would be unhappy to be drafted by Memphis; the agent has not been quoted as saying anything close to that but also has done nothing to dismiss such talk. (Fegan ran the same play with the Bucks and
Rubio might not be the choice simply because point guard is not the most pressing need around FedEx Forum.
They could take Connecticut center
"Thabeet probably does more to make them better than Rubio does," one executive said. "He protects the basket.
"I think they still like Conley. He really came on the second half of the year. I know [coach]
Said a personnel boss with the same thinking: "Looking at their team, I do think they need more size. ... I would certainly be very focused on learning everything about Thabeet -- what he is and who he is."
Another part of the problem is that Thabeet is a great risk, too, an imposing defensive presence but a player who struggled with inconsistency until last season. A dependable big man probably makes the decision a lot easier for the Grizz, and Thabeet is definitely not in the dependable category yet.
He made a risky investment to re-sign
This was his plan; he would have been blasted to bits if it went terribly wrong, as was possible in ticking off decisions that would have lasted years past his firing, and so Smith must be credited with the same fervor. The frenzied fun inside Amway Arena this week is his fault.
Smith especially must be credited because he made moves that defied conventional wisdom. A max contract in 2007 for Lewis? No one mangles a salary cap like that for, at best, a No. 2 option behind
But here the Magic are, in spite of it all. No matter what happens the rest of these Finals, Orlando has moved into position as a championship contender for at least the next few years, assuming it locks up
This is when everyone knows Roy has made it big. Not leading the Trail Blazers to the playoffs, not making the All-Star team two years in a row, not appearing to be a logical addition to the next Dream Team, but now, as the draft approaches and he becomes a comparison point.
A GM told me that
Greivis Vasquez: "I'm all in. I'm not thinking about going back to school."
Face to face? No, you got me there. I was about 5 feet away, after his workout with the Kings last week.
If Vasquez goes back to Maryland, it will be because he changed his mind from a very clear comment. And some perspective, please. Vasquez deciding to stay in the draft might be breaking national news? In what nation?
Of course, he's
As for the semantics, you're right. I could have chosen a better word than "hypocritical," though I don't think it's far off. Maybe "grandstanding opportunist" would have been better. "Disingenuous." "Hollow."