ORIGINAL: David Jerde
I said it earlier, but the only way I trade Rubio is for an all-star. Not just any one, but a young center (Howard is the only one that comes to mind in which I would be interested). Rubio is all about the untapped potential at this point, so if someone wants to make a no-brainer offer, we should take it. Barring that, if his agent let him stew in Europe for a few years; do you think Rubio might want to dump his agent if he has failed to get into the NBA by that time?
OK, budding conspiracy theorists. Anyone think that Kahn's experience working as a lawyer for the leagues (NBA & NHL) on player issues might give him some insight into just how much leverage an agent might (not!) have. For example, if he has Stern's ear/favor, do you think Rubio's agent will be able to force much of anything on the Wolves?
FWIW, I think Rubio WILL play for the Wolves, but it might not be for 1-2 years. The only way that he should not is if we get that stellar offer.
Let me throw my 2 cents in. The fact that Kahn worked for the league offices will not provide him with any assstance in this case. Stern will do nothing to help him.
As a lawyer, Kahn probably has received a copy of the buy out agreement before the draft. He knows if the payoff is in US dollars, Euros or in Spanish currency. Depending on the exchange rate, and the currency, the money owed to the team may be significantly different then what is reported in the media. Kahn may have access to a Spanish law firm and knowes if a contract singned with somebody below 18 is enforceable. The contract with his parents maybe enforceable, but if his parents have no money, it maybe of little value to the team, especially if they can file bankruptcy in Spain. Assuming, that this is resolved in favor of the team, can they afford to pay Rubio the sum of money thay they are contractually obligated to pay him? If Rubio goes back to the team and they breach, this may release Rubio of any further obligations to the team. Without having the contract resolved prior to the draft, his agent risked that Rubio would fall significantly in the draft. The Knicks can't pay Rubio one more dime then we can. If he plays in New York, Rubio might earn more money from indorsements. But this is not guaranteed either. Just ask Starberry. To date, all I have read is a bunch of media hype most likely spooned fed to the media by his agent's firm. If you can stand the media preasures, I suspect that Kahn's agent is going to run out of ploys and have to live with the fact that Kahn, not him, is in the drivers seat. Kahn holds his NBA rights and if he wants to play in the States, all moves go throuh Minnesota. As long as Kahn has the backing of Taylor, it doesn't matter what they write in New York, most Minnesotans get their new locally and who care what they believe in NY. It would be nice to read a well researched article rather than the media hype that is normally fed by the agents and leaked to the media.
You brought up a couple interesting angles. The team is in serious financial difficulty. If they fold does that release Rubio or is he under contract with the league and his rights go to whatever team picks him up. If his parents are responsible for the buyout maybe they could just go bankrupt. Interesting points indeed.