After making two moves on draft night the New York Knicks may not be done maneuvering. The Knicks grabbed the international sensation that is Darko Milicic in a trade with the Memphis Grizzlies for Quentin Richardson then added the No. 29 pick in the Draft from the Los Angeles Lakers and used it to select Florida State’s Toney Douglas. Now the Knickerbockers are rumored to be hot after 18-year-old Spanish point guard and Minnesota Timberwolves draftee, Ricky Rubio.
Rubio was taken with the No. 5 pick in the first round and Minnesota followed up that selection by taking another point guard, Syracuse’s Jonny Flynn at No. 6. That move didn’t seem to make sense, especially when the Timberwolves grabbed UNC’s Ty Lawson, another point guard with the 18th pick. They subsequently sent Lawson to Denver for a future first round draft pick.
Still, Minnesota would appear to have one too many point guards, though Rubio and Flynn could certainly play together. But Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Knicks are working furiously to try and get a deal done for Rubio. This news comes as Timberwolves officials remain resolute in saying that Rubio won’t be going anywhere.
Rubio’s agent has apparently also claimed that his player would rather not play in Minnesota. Given the strange saga of Rubio’s demands throughout the draft workout process, it’s not surprising that he’d be disappointed with where he landed. And now Rubio’s father is claiming his son may just stay in Spain after all.
There’s no word on what the Knicks are offering to pick up Rubio, but one has to think their top pick, Arizona’s Jordan Hill, would have to be involved somehow. More to the point, it would have to be a pretty loaded package to make it worth the trouble for the Timberwolves.
We’ll keep you updated if we hear anything.