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NBA notebook: Source says Ricky Rubio's buyout will be reduced

Oklahoman Published: June 22, 2009
Source: Buyout of Rubio’s pact will be reduced
The prospect of drafting Ricky Rubio is about to become less risky.

A source close to Rubio said the $6.6 million buyout of the Spanish point guard’s contract with his current team, DKV Joventut, was likely to be reduced Sunday or today to an amount where "he knows he’ll be able to make the payments.”

Such a resolution will, in effect, clear a major obstacle for teams considering Rubio as their first pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft but have concerns about the financial albatross to which he has been tied.

Assuming the arrangement is finalized as expected, Rubio would plan on joining his team at NBA Summer League in July. Yet while Rubio’s visit to Sacramento last week was his first with an NBA team in America, the Kings are no longer alone in that regard.

Rubio who measured at 6-foot-5 in shoes with a 6-7 3/4 wingspan in his Kings physical, visited with Oklahoma City representatives on Saturday in Los Angeles. The Thunder, which picks third, was allowed to examine his DKV Joventut contract just as the Kings had to gain a better understanding of those particulars. The visit would appear to increase the chances of the Thunder opting for Rubio, if only because uncertainty before the visit almost certainly meant they would go another direction.

Thabeet cancels Memphis session, cites shoulder
Hasheem Thabeet canceled a pre-draft workout with the Grizzlies, citing a shoulder injury, but he also had plans to talk to other teams.

"Thabeet was a combination of he’s had some shoulder situations and he wanted to talk to some other teams,” Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace said of the 7-foot-3 center out of Connecticut. "It’s also what goes on this time of the year with guys showing, not showing, that type of thing. The gamesmanship of the draft.”

Memphis officials have already met with Thabeet twice in preparation for Thursday’s NBA Draft. Wallace said he expects to meet Thabeet later this week, but probably not for a workout.

A number of projections have him going to the Grizzlies with the No.