Rubio's stock rising and falling

By Chad Ford of is reporting that

Spanish point guard sensation Ricky Rubio is staying in the 2009 NBA draft his agent, Dan Fegan, told on Monday.

The question is, where will he land on draft night?
For most of the year Rubio was the consensus No. 2 pick in the draft. But after the lottery was settled last month, things became much more interesting. The chances of Rubio slipping in the draft seem to grow by the day.

While NBA executives are in love with Rubio’s skill set, they are worried about his lack of strength, inconsistent shooting and a looming war with his Spanish team, DKV Joventut, over Rubio’s whopping $6 million-plus buyout. Rubio has filed a grievance with the Spanish league looking to reduce the buyout. A complicated situation with the Spanish IRS and the team have only muddied the waters.

Rubio’s been pretty adamant that he doesn’t want to be in Memphis, which holds the No. 2 pick in the draft. While he doesn’t have the same objection to Oklahoma City, which holds the third pick, sources say the Thunder are leaning toward drafting either James Harden or Stephen Curry.

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