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Rubio's preference is to play for New York, Miami or Boston

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/23/sports/basketball/23rubio.html?_r=1&src=tptw

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The Timberwolves continue to push him toward the N.B.A. as soon as possible, contending privately that they have a commitment from him for next season. But Rubio’s camp does not appear to be convinced.

“The bottom line is, why would he want to play in Minnesota?” a senior member of Rubio’s camp said this month. “He’ll continue to say all the diplomatic things, and Minnesota needs to keep his value up for trade purposes, but the family’s preference is to be on the East Coast, specifically New York, Miami or Boston. He wouldn’t be troubled if he has to stay another year.”

But the Timberwolves have leverage. They hold his exclusive draft rights, meaning they are the only N.B.A. team with whom he can negotiate. Their latest strategy in trying to persuade Rubio to sign may center on the possible N.B.A. lockout of players after the collective bargaining agreement expires June 30. The terms of the new agreement will probably be significantly less favorable for rookies.


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Everyone has known from the

Everyone has known from the start that Rubio's wish was to play in a major market...After getting the 2nd pick in the draft..Memphis was set to draft him number 2,but their sources confirmed to them that he had no intention of playing for them....

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Yes Mr. Rubio.....come to New

Yes Mr. Rubio.....come to New York. We've been waiting.

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i feel like he feels he is

i feel like he feels he is bigger star than he actually is...a doubt if he even avg 10ppg

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I hope the T-Wolves don't

I hope the T-Wolves don't give in and force him to come to Minny if he wants to play in the NBA. I don't like guys who aren't free agents trying to choose where they want to play. Besides, it sets a bad precedent for the future.

I was really glad the Bucks stood up to Yi Jianlian whose camp tried to force a trade when they drafted him. He hasn't exactly turned out to be a hot commodity lately.

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rubio is a joke... theres no

rubio is a joke... theres no way he'll outplay felton, or even chalmers for that matter...

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i cant see Rubio in Minnesota...

Never really thought he'd swallow his pride and play there...Much like Beasley and others before him...I have always thought he'd be playing for a larger market and team with established star players...Miami, New York, Dallas, Houston, Orlando, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Detroit, Brooklyn?...only problem is the Wolves will want a lot for him...a mid first round pick and Anthony Randolph won't do New York...2 rounder and Chalmers won't work Miami...Dallas doesn't have pieces to make deal for Rubio to replace Kidd, The Rockets have a ton of players and picks to deal for Rubio but have Brooks there playing well...I think the Rockets are a great fit for Rubio...The Nets are another team that fits Rubio, moving to Brooklyn with Favors/Lopez and cap space...Rubio would cost them a few of those picks and possibly Devin Harris but Rubio could benefit the Brooklyn Nets in a lot of ways...Kaun loves draft picks and cheap talent...

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I was going to actually mention Ricky to Houston..
I'm all for ridding of Brooks; I like him, but he seems to worry about the wrong things too much.
I wouldn't mind trading Aaron Brooks for Rubio and include other pieces if needed.
We have so much talent and young at that;
Terrence Williams.
Chase Budinger.
Courtney Lee.
Patrick Patterson.
Jordan Hill.
Ishmael Smith

Along with some fairly young players such as Kyle Lowry and Kevin Martin

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Ricky if you liked what i said why no plus...lol

Just playing, Now let's talk trade ...the way I see it you have to trade The Wolves Terrence Williams, Jordan Hill and Aaron Brooks...the Wolves would give up Rubio, Webster and Pekovic...

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I did! Haha. J. Hill, T-Will,

I did! Haha.

J. Hill, T-Will, and Brooks? Dang...

I have no problem letting Aaron Brooks go as I want Rockets to rebuild, but Jordan Hill has come along nicely since the Rockets got him. I have high hopes for him. I've always been a fan of Terrence Williams, but I have no probably letting him go since he isn't getting much PT anyways.
The Jordan Hill thing is just too much though.

Pekovic is a no factor player.

Martell Webster would probably sit at the bench behind Lee, Budinger, Battier, and Martin.

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Rubio's not going to Houston.

Rubio's not going to Houston. I think he's gonna wanna go East Coast.....on a good team.

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Like the Knicks...?

Houston's hovering around .500 and and at the most has been 5 games under similar to the Knicks right now without any true star power.

Only difference is Knicks had that winning streak against those sorry teams and got above .500 by a lot.

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New York, Miami, Boston are

New York, Miami, Boston are the 3 most logical IMO. The Nets aren't good, so why would you go there, Philadelphia is young and untalented and I don't think he wants to go anywhere as far as that.

If I'm Houston, go get Carmelo. I've been saying that for a while: Hill, Budinger,Brooks, Battier and 2 1st for Carmelo and Harrington is a great deal for them. Then move Lee to Chicago for a 1st round pick and you have

Scola-Martin-Melo

with Yao's 22 mil off the books to add another guy next to that.

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Rubio would play for the Rockets...

Rubio, Webster and Darko for Aaron Brooks, Terrence Williams and Jordan Hill...We give you a starting Center and Young Flashy point guard...Adelman would love Darko's skillset...Rubio would be a defensive up grade at point guard...The Wolves get a Sharp shooter and possible floor general, and T Will's athletism and versatility would allow Beasley to become the 6th man...The Wolves have the cap space to sign a defender Ar Center plus resign Brooks...they can also draft a Sg or trade Wes And Johnny Flynn for a an established Sg...one that create his shot and shoot...

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a senior member of

a senior member of Rubio’s camp said this month. “He’ll continue to say all the diplomatic things, and Minnesota needs to keep his value up for trade purposes, but the family’s preference is to be on the East Coast, specifically New York, Miami or Boston. He wouldn’t be troubled if he has to stay another year.”

Didn't know Houston was on the East Coast. I'm going with what the story is saying. Plus, Houston isn't a great fit for Rubio because he's not a great defender....

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lol Miami? I could see a

lol Miami? I could see a Chalmers and Varnado for Rubio swap since the Heat already have Pittman, though my second team due to Lebron and Wade on the Heat are the Heat and Varnado was one of my favorite college players that would be sad to see happen. At least he doesnt want to go to the Lakers, the Kings one of his first choices still dont have a point.

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who would the Knicks trade for Rubio...

The Wolves don't Want Felton...Chandler is a Free Agent, Fields is a one year wonder, they don't need Curry's expiring contract...The Picks New York owns are a mystery, who owns them and what the hell is their actual value in a weak draft by many accounts...you'd have to find another team that wants to give up gold for garbage...everyone knows the Knicks have trash assets...especially David Kaun who has been telling Walsh to get over it for years...

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So you're telling me....the

So you're telling me....the Wolves wouldn't want Felton BUT would want Brooks?

Alrighty then.....

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your right The Kings could use him but no deal...

They can draft Kyrie or Knight to be perfect back court mates with Evans who is not a pure point guard...he's a ball dominate Sg that can pass to his teammates...A Kyrie for Rubio swap on draft night would be nice...depending on how high either team views the other player...

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Brooks would play perfectly off low post scorers like Love...

Felton is not a dead eye from deep...With Love and Beasley down low the Wolves would value Brooks shooting in the triangle offense...Flynn and Wesley Johnson should be traded for a dynamic Sg or Sf...Brooks ie best suited for the triangle...

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The Wolves don't run the

The Wolves don't run the triangle...so that really wouldn't matter. I believe Felton is a better player for a more run and gun style offense like the T-Wolves play.

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Why do I get the feeling New

Why do I get the feeling New Jersey will try and make a run at him?

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would never do that swap, im

would never do that swap, im thinkin i got minused since my username well Go fawk yourself whoever did that.....Rubio could be the next coming of Jose Calderon, isnt very quick has great handles but so does Sesbian Telfair. I would rather want the Kings to go for a big like Jones,Sullinger, or Valanciunas than Kyrie anyway.

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"I could see a Chalmers and

"I could see a Chalmers and Varnado for Rubio swap"

I don't think the Timberwolves drafted Rubio so they could eventually swap him for Chalmers and Varnado. They can do better than that.

As for Rubio, I agree with Landshark. I don't like players picking which teams they want to play for when they are not a free agent.

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Nets could make a run for

Nets could make a run for him.... but that team is still terrible.

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i dont

want rubio on my team i think hes too big of a drama queen

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The funny part is that none

The funny part is that none of those teams truly need him. Boston has Rondo, he would be ineffective in Miami, and unless he goes to Brooklyn the other New York team has Felton. He should just come over and prove his worth, then leave when his contract is up

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He's a drama queen because he

He's a drama queen because he doesn't wanna play for Minnesota? Cuz...that's all he said.

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yeah

he should do tht and wen his contract expires go to LA to play with blake lol

rubio gordan this years pick at sf blake jordon

tht would be a fun team to watch

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U know all those guys could be gone by the time Rubio's deals up

Blake and Eric will not be Clippers for their entire careers...

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This is annoying that some

This is annoying that some players can pick and choose who they want to play for. It is a previledge and a dream to play in the NBA.

He declared for the draft knowing he would be a lottery pick, meaning he would go to a bad team - minn, new jersey, wizards etc. None of the big market teams are actually in the lottery.

I would love to go to a young team that would give me plenty of mins - not backing up rondo or felton.....

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I wonder is it the same case

I wonder is it the same case as LeBrons people saying he will wants to play in NY or Chris Pauls people?..I no longer Believe what other PEOPLES, PEOPLE, say and will only listen to what the actual player says.

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Boston Does not want him

lol. Rondo has this thing here in Boston on lock. I have never been sold on Rubio and the truth is this kid is scared of being exposed. He want to go to a team that has stars so he will not get exposed as much. F*ck this kid. Jennings spoke the real on this kid and we all know it. See ya Rubio stay over there where your not dominating too.

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As of right now what is

As of right now what is Rubio's net-worth.......Minny contract, Euro contract, Nike deal, other endorsements.

After whoever answers that.........What should Rubio be worth?

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I wonder is it the same case

I wonder is it the same case as LeBrons people saying he will wants to play in NY or Chris Pauls people?..I no longer Believe what other PEOPLES, PEOPLE, say and will only listen to what the actual player says.

Lake Show...let me ask you in all honesty, did you do research on that? Because both are true... LeBron and Paul's people both were linking themselves to New York. Both set of people had NY in mind for those players. You keep bringing up NY when Boston and Miami are in there. Can you seriously like...back up with always trying to rip NY because really....it's pointless at times.

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I can see the Clippers making

I can see the Clippers making a run at him....should be a good team in the near future.......building around Blake...... a big market makes sense!

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The difference between LeBron

The difference between LeBron and Rubio situation is that LeBron is a proven player in the league, Rubio is not.

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Rubio is an excellent

Rubio is an excellent passer.

That being said, the rest of his game, specifically his scoring abilities are horrible.

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Im just gona say that if

Im just gona say that if Rubio came up through the american system people wouldnt doubt him as much as they do, he played pro ball as a 14 year old, so that translates to being able to play for an oakhill type program as an 8th grader, not accusing anyone but how many of you guys have seen him play multiple times?

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I saw he shot like 38% from

I saw he shot like 38% from the field last year in a watered down euro league. Thats enough for me to know hes not NBA ready.

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Seen him play quite a few times

Everyone makes a play here and there that might be spectacular. One flashy play each quarter does not make you a great NBA player. He has not impressed me in terms of the hype. Can he play in the L? Yes. Be dominant or even slightly close to the hype? No IMO. He did not look like anything more than a flashy passer and thats occasionally too. Playing in Euro L at 14 is not the NBA against the list of names I could drop that would school him on a regular basis.

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Stanford make a great point

Stanford make a great point BUT the first time I can remember a player deciding what team he will play for was Kobe when he was only 17! I hated that and he is from my city and followed him throughout his whole prep career, if you lived in Philly and loved basketball you had no choice it was the fist time I also ever remember seeing high school highlights on the evening news----and they came after the Sixers highlights!!!hahaha. People wanted to see Kobe not Dana Barros and Clarence Weatherspoon. Iverson was the unanimous choice tho that year with only Marbury even having a chance because of Stack's presence we didn't need Ray Allen, and Marcus Camby had no post moves. Still there was an outside chance that the Sixers would land Kobe but once rumors got out that he only wanted to play for the Lakers, which to me was ridiculous like really dude you only want to play for one team in the whole league? But the man knew what he wanted and look what he has done. Point is some players have a vision.

With that said I don't think Rubio does have that vision. I am a huge Rubio fan too because I have a soft spot for players with his kind of court vision and passing mastery.

But if Rubio had a vision for what he wants his career to turn out like I would think he would be watching some NBA games. If these rumors are true about the teams he wants to play for it sounds like Rubio don't even know what the league looks like. He got a long way to go before he can be considered serious competition for Rondo and Felton and Miami has no shot at getting him no would they want him, nor would he even do well their.

I have always felt that Rubio will prove a lot of nay sayers wrong when he get's to the league because the NBA is more tailored for his skill set then Europe is. In the NBA he will have the ball in his hands more leading to prolific passing opportunities similar to the way John Wall is taking advantage of that style now. Plus Europe is not a league where transition baskets are easy to come by in the NBA some teams can live by this.

Taking all that into account a long with the knowledge that it is going to be better for him going to a losing organization because that team would only be able to go up with him running the show, Minny is actually, and easily the best fit.

Minny has everything a young PG could ever wish for. They got young talent at every position, they get out in transition, got athleticism to excel their, and most importantly they got players who can knock down shots in a half court setting. Love and Beasley are now proven 20 PPG scorers, who can both play either inside or outside, Beasley's ability to be able to run a pick and roll with Rubio playing Small Forward is HUGE. Wes Johnson and Webster are a PG's dream playing the 2 guard because they are tall stand still outside shooters who you can also throw an oop too.

Plus they got Darko and Niko down low 2 rough Euro bigs who will protect the house, and by the house I mean Rubio. Teams are going to think twice about trying to stunt Rubio's flash with hard fouls because Milicic and Pekovic are both brute men who have mean streaks and screws loose. They will not think twice about flagrantly failing somebody to set the tone.

And why is everybody hating on Scarecrows history lesson of saying Gordon and Griffin will not stay a Clipper their entire careers? While I hope they do because I love their potential together, the Clippers NEVER keep their players and AFTER YOU GET GOOD ENOUGH A PLAYER DON'T WANT TO PLAY A HOME GAME WITH THE LAKERS LOGO AND COLORS ON THE COURT LIKE THEY DO IN THE PRESEASON THAT IS RIDICULOUS.

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What do you mean a watered

What do you mean a watered down Euro league? Rubio plays in the highest level of competition over there. Look at Josh Childress who went from averaging 13 ppg shooting over 54% from the field IN THE NBA to hardly averaging 10 ppg and shooting barely over 40% in the Euro league.

Do you know why? Because the Euro league is completely different from the NBA. The athleticism isn't their but the skill is. Not only that the Euro league is rough and hand checking is still allowed. Plus their is less spacing and the court is more condensed. For a playmaker like Rubio coming into a league with greater spacing and no hand checking will be huge for him being able to show off ALL of his abilities instead of the everybody touches the ball before a shot goes up style of the Euro league. Often Rubio does not even need to dribble because of the system he is in, it is pass and then move, whoever feels like they are most open will shoot. Rubio will be better breaking people down off the dribble and getting out in transition where his court vision and deft passing touch will immediatly translate. There should also be no doubt about his athletic ability because he is 6'5 right now and very long and quick and can hawk passing lanes and nice body control in traffic.

But no he is not the greatest shooter right now, but Jason Kidd, and Rondo never were and may never will be.

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Another point i wanted to

Another point i wanted to bring up is that we all know he was playing against grown men in the highest level competition in Europe when he was only 14. By the time he was 16 he was producing and became a You Tube star. What do you think Rubio would of done if instead of playing pro ball at age 16 he was playing AAU ball? He would of even had more sensational highlights in a league that don't play defense and is tailored made for players who can turn a simple fastbreak into a highlight.

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This attitude from Rubio

This attitude from Rubio irritates me immensely. The League is in a crisis of sorts; players league-wide are showing a lack of loyalty, sparked almost single-handedly by the gifted 2003 draft class. Of the franchise players found in that draft, only Wade stayed loyal, and that was for obvious reasons, given what he was handed this season. That said, players refusing to play for certain teams is even worse for the League, as it undermines the draft system and makes it almost impossible for small-market teams to survive. If you can't draft good talent you can't survive. It frustrates me to watch players of today destroy the NBA players like Bird, Magic and Jordan turned global. I remember reading an interview where Mike was talking about how he came back to the NBA in part to teach the young kids respect for the game and the League, instead of players always being worried about money.

I find myself losing sympathy for the players more and more in light of the potential lock-out and actually hope for an increase in the power of owners to control the freedom of player movements. Playing in the NBA should be a priviledge, but players are taking it for granted. I really hope the new wave of stars stay loyal; Durant is leading the charge there, Griffin, Rose, Love, Westbrook, Wall etc.

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We need Durant, Griffin,

We need Durant, Griffin, Wall, Rose, Curry, Holiday, Jennings, Westbrook, Evans, and Love to all stay put and build their franchises up instead of looking for the easy way out once they become stars. If this were to happen it would bring the league back to the glory days. Their is so much talent in this league but too many bandwagon jumpers and no loyalty. What I like a lot of the more exciting talent in this league is on the bottom feeders and they are all young. They are the future and need to handle it properly.

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last month there was reports

last month there was reports that Kahn had Rubio's word that he coming next season(I am too lazy to look for links),now It is Rubio pushing a move for Knicks?

tbh,I think Rubio hasn't even made his decision ,he is playing for one of the best teams overseas,at his hometown which is one of the most beautiful cities in the world,the season in Spain ends in June too,so he have five month to think about it,to make a decision and to see how the new CBA will look like

for example let's say the players was successful to get rid of RFA while the owners was able to decrease the salaries

Rubio will be able to be get the Current Rookie salary if he signed b4 June 30,play for Minny for 4 years and then be free to go wherever he wants,that will be too good to leave

on the other hand their might be a lockout ,he will have to stay one more year in Spain where he will have more time to think and evaluate the situation

bottom line:

1-Don't take this reports as Facts,this can be just another false rumor

2-even if he is thinking that way,the new CBA situation will really affect his decision

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i swear this kid thinks hes

i swear this kid thinks hes better then he actually is and its because of fans and sports writers who barely see the kid play and watch some of his ok highlights, IMO i think dude will be just like jose calderon and all those other spanish pgs he will be ok at best over here,hes not even the best player on his team over there so what makes him think he can make demands on what team he should play on and as for him wanting to play in ny,boston and miami he can keep dreaming theres no way in hell the celtics are taking a less talented rondo also ny would be stupid to replace felton with any pg thats not named paul,williams,rose and rondo and miami doesnt need a pg that does what rubio does they need a pg who can somewhat match the other great pgs in the league like a billups type pg

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Ricky Rubio hasn't proven

Ricky Rubio hasn't proven anything yet. Besides the T Wolves already have a point guard in Johnny Flynn. Johnny Flynn is fine at starting point guard. The T Wolves should trade Ricky Rubio and get a young 7 footer that can run the floor and help Kevin Love on the rebounds.

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This whole situation won't

This whole situation won't really play out until after the 2012 season. He isn't going to sign this summer. Between the potential lockout and the financial benefits from sitting out another year, it makes sure nothing is going to happen. It also changes how teams will look at that time. Boston wasn't seen as a desirable spot in 2007. Who knows how intriguing the Brooklyn Knights will be in a couple years or teams like Washington or Toronto. It isn't clear whether Kahn will still be in charge of Minnesota. Nobody knows how the league's new CBA will change the league.

I still think he is a really good young prospect. The value of a pass first point guard with vision has never been higher. He is second in the ACB in assists per game despite only playing 25 minutes per, and 8th in assists in the Euroleague despite playing only 21 minutes per. This is as someone who just turned 20. The author was selective in how he presented the struggles of Barca. Pete Mickeal is their best player, and has been hurt. JCN has missed time. They are still in first place, but the Euro Dream team they were last year included good health.

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Lol The Kings

If the Kings passed on Rubio for Tyreke Evans, what does that tell you? Anybody can smell this kid isn't what he's selling himself as.

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