Ricky Rubio – Kniucks/Minnesota trade talk

Knicks still in hunt for Ricky Rubio

Knicks will call Timberwolves

Knicks still in hunt for Ricky Rubio

Frank Isola

The Knicks are about to officially enter the Ricky Rubio sweepstakes.

Donnie Walsh revealed on Friday that he intends to call his former assistant, Minnesota GM David Kahn, about the availability of Rubio, the fifth overall pick from Thursday’s NBA Draft.

Rubio, the highly touted point guard from Spain, would prefer to play in New York. Rubio’s father told Marca.com that his son may elect to stay with his club team in Spain for at least another two years.

Minnesota drafted three point guards in the first round, including Jonny Flynn at six. They also drafted Ty Lawson but traded him to Denver. The Knicks could have the inside track on Rubio for several reasons. For one, he wants to play in New York. The other is Walsh’s relationship with Kahn that dates back to their days with the Indiana Pacers.

Perhaps the Knicks can work out a multi-player deal where they’ll trade at least Wilson Chandler to get Rubio. The Knicks may have to include Jordan Hill and take back the contract of Brian Cardinal.


Knicks will call Timberwolves


Knicks New York Knicks president Donnie Walsh said today he will call the Timberwolves to inquire about Ricky Rubio’s availability in the wake of his father threatening the point-guard phenom would play in Spain the next two years.

Walsh and Wolves GM David Kahn are friends, with Kahn having worked for Walsh in Indiana.

"I haven’t spoken to Minnesota; I will," Walsh said at the press conference to introduce draft picks Jordan Hill and Toney Douglas. "He (Kahn) took a lot of point guards. I want to ask him why he did that. I just want to find that out.

"He (Rubio) was one of (our) top players," Walsh added. "I would never say never to anything. We’re in the offseason. We’ll be checking everything out."


The Knicks privately believe Rubio wants to be in New York and his agent Dan Fegan will work hard to make that happen. The Knicks have intricate knowledge of Rubio’s buyout contract; their European scout, Kevin Wilson, lives in Barcelona and is friends of the family.


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