Rubio to visit USA→Teenage point guard Ricky Rubio will visit the United States with his mother for a tour that begins June 13. Rubio plans to visit Memphis, Oklahoma City, Sacramento and New York but will not work out for any team. →Because of salary cap restrictions it might be difficult, but the Cavaliers could pursue Shaquille O’Neal, Tyson Chandler or Rasheed Wallace in a trade after being dominated in the paint by the Magic. →Because of industry-wide layoffs, fewer U.S. newspapers are covering the NBA Finals, but 250 international journalists covered Game 1 Thursday night at the Staples Center. There’s a separate trailer for TV feeds to 215 countries. →Lakers forward Lamar Odom will be an unrestricted free agent but has said it would take an incredible offer from another team for him to not re-sign, and that the Lakers will get a discount. →Denver coach George Karl said point guard Chauncey Billups allowed him to coach for the first time in a few years instead of being a manager who spent much of his time soothing egos. →Dwight Howard, Chris Bosh and Carlos Boozer will work with top 19-and-under prospects from Asia, Latin America and Africa, helping run NBA-sponsored camps in China, Mexico and South Africa. →North Carolina forward Tyler Hansbrough, projected to go in the mid to late first round of the draft, disputes claims he’s not athletic. He said his work ethic has overshadowed what he feels are better skills than given credit. →Portland general manager Kevin Pritchard said the Trail Blazers will exercise team options on starting point guard Steve Blake and sixth man Travis Outlaw. →Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy said he isn’t mesmerized by Hollywood stars at Lakers games but said he still feels like a little kid anytime he’s around Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson. →Because of Portland’s solid young nucleus, several agents who will have free agents in July have told Pritchard they’re probably not interested because their clients wouldn’t get much playing time.