From: North Highland Beach, NJ
ORIGINAL: David Levine
It does really depend on where the Wolves pick. If they get lucky and pick in the top 3, they should take Rubio.
I seriously doubt Rubio comes out. I don't care what Chad Ford says; everything I've read says he has a monster buy-out and NBA teams are limited in terms of % they can contribute.
He's not coming this year He has a 7M Euro buyout. That's a touch over 9M US.
NBA teams are allowed to only pay 500,000 towards a buyout, leaving over 8,500,000.00
Looking at the rookie salary scale for 2008, the #1 picks got:
Year 1: 4,019,000
Year 2: 4,320,400
Year 3: 4,621,800
Year 4: 5,828,090
So if Rubio got that deal, he'd lose a bit more than his first 2 years salary for the buyout - he better get a HELL of an endorsement deal upfront.
Thanks for providing the figures, DL. Like I said, I'd be shocked if he came over for 09.
Another interesting story is Jennings, who is clearly frustrated in Europe. Unless something changes significantly, he's going to have to make a tough decision: enter the draft when his value is down; or stay another year, hope his playing time increases and his value goes up. My guess is that he'll declare for 09. I think he's doing his best to put on a happy face but he's miserable.
Life is just what happens to you,
While you're busy making other plans
~ John Lennon