After trying to verify reports that Ricky Rubio will be staying with DKV Joventut HOOPSWOLRD has learned that Rubio will not be playing with the team next year and that he's still working towards joining the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Rubio's desire to stay with Joventut is overstated as he is ready to make his NBA debut. However, he's currently staying open to the idea of returning in order to help decrease the buyout of his contract. Prior to June 30th Rubio's buyout was 4.75 million Euros ($6.6 million), but now it has jumped up to 5.75 million Euro ($8.08 million). The significant increase has made the buyout issue even more difficult, causing Rubio to say the following to a Spanish website.
"I have said they have rejected the offer of the buyout, so I spoke with my father to tell the team I am staying," said Rubio. "Basically there is nothing to say because I have more than two years on my contract"
Joventut has been in contact with some of the major clubs overseas regarding a possible sale of Rubio's contract. The team requested 3.5 million Euros from Real Madrid, while F.C. Barcelona came to the table with an offer of 2.3 million Euros that was viewed as an insult. Barcelona's offer eventually rose to 3 million but it was all for naught as Rubio is not interested in restructuring his contract in the case that his rights are sold.
Earlier in August Jordi Villicampa, the team president of Joventut, made it very clear that Rubio's time with the team is done.
"Both Ricky Rubio, their environment, and Joventut know that their stage of our club as a player is over. His remarks and attitude have hurt many sensitivities and our partners and supporters have betrayed their hopes of seeing it play again in Badalona wearing the green shirt."
Villicamp restated these sentiments even after Rubio's latest comments about wanting to stay with the team, saying that he feels it's a strategy to further lower his buyout.
Sources tell HOOPSWORLD that Rubio is looking to get the buyout down to $4 million, which he would sign off on today if it was on the table. For now though progress is being made as the buyout price is coming down, but both sides still remain a ways apart. While Rubio may be threatening to just show up to training camp for Joventut, he really wants to be in the NBA and if they can get the buyout amount close to the $4 million mark that's where he will be.
What I said yesterday, He won't be staying and the buyout has now INCREASED. It isn't as easy as you guys think. He said he is staying knowing they would decline and they rightfully did. So chill...another 2 million was just added which blows, but his former team wants to get the most they can.
ricky rubio is overrated he going to be like a guard version of darko
FrankBlackBoi Only Time will tell, but i somewhat feel the same way. He is good but not going to be able to handle the hype
on the hype part, on draft night...when they spoke to him he said something like I feel the bar has been set too high for me, I'm not any of those other guys, I'm Ricky Rubio. People are expecting alot from him when he is in his prime, but I asked NBAdraft.net people what they expected and it wasn't much.
Im glad he didnt go to Sacramento but thats what he gets cause it is a blessing to be drafted and he whats to only work-out for sac and they didnt pick him up. He had to go back because he wants to be the man and with Flynn there he wont plus ricky can only pass now a days the point needs to do a little bit of everything to be in the same boat as williams, paul, and nash.
Why is his buyout so high?? His contract wasnt even worth a million dollars.