Will Rubio Visit OKC?
Ricky Rubio’s visit to Sacramento has officially come to an end, the Sacramento Bee is reporting, and now the question is whether the Spanish point guard and his representatives will come to Oklahoma City to meet and greet Thunder officials.
Rubio flew back to Los Angeles from Sacramento today, leaving California’s capital city without working out for the Kings after becoming ill. The 18-year-old Rubio is reportedly being treated with antibiotics after his temperature reached 101 degrees.
There is all kind of uncertainty over Rubio’s schedule over the next week leading up to the draft. Rubio could indeed come to OKC, while a visit to Memphis still seems to be a possibility and perhaps a return visit to Sacramento as well. ESPN.com, meanwhile, is reporting that Rubio’s visit to Sacramento — which lasted the entire NBA-mandated maximum of 48 hours — did little to ease the Kings’ concerns over Rubio.
What’s growing more and more evident is Rubio doesn’t appear likely to workout for any of the additional teams he might visit over the next week. The ESPN.com report says the Thunder is pushing for a meeting, physical and a review of Rubio’s contract in Spain, adding that if he feels better and is up for the visit he will travel to Oklahoma City next.
While a visit to Oklahoma City would serve as just one more small piece of the entire evaluation process, it’s seemingly an important one for Thunder officials to experience before deciding whether to draft Rubio. It’s the most intimate and extensive time organizations spend with players and, without it, it’s hard to see the Thunder selecting and keeping Rubio.
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