Ricky Rubio is not running back to Barcelona.
The powerhouse European team reportedly want him back during the NBA lockout, but Rubio doesn’t plan on going back unless the full NBA season is lost, he told mundodeportivo.com (via Hoopshype, translation from friend of the site Xavier Sanchez, a basketball coach in Spain you can follow @Xanxes10).
“A full year without playing would be counterproductive, but just a few months would not. I’ve always thought the lockout wouldn’t last the whole year, that’s why I took the decision, but if I had to make it back to Europe, Barça would be my first option.”
However, he added that if he does go back to Europe he said he would like to return to Barcelona.
It’s got to make Wolves fans hear that he is committed to staying with them and is not looking to jump back to Europe at the first chance. He sounds like a guy committed to making it work over here and a guy that wants the lockout to end (like the rest of us). That said, if the lockout does cost the season you can’t blame the guy for thinking of getting back to Spain.
Rubio is training with the Spanish national team for EuroBasket, which begins at the end of the month. Spain is one of the favorites to earn one of he two 2012 London Olympic bids up for grabs at the tournament
On Monday, Dion Waiters agreed to a one-year, $2.9 million deal with the Heat, far less than most people thought he would get as one of the few significant free agents still on the market. Tuesday afternoon, he posted an explanation on Instagram for his deal.
Here’s what he said:
I didn’t do it for the money… I did it for the opportunity to go out & ball & have fun. Everything else will take care of its self!!! I just felt like it was the best situation for me…& my family. I could have waited & got wat I wanted. But I rather be happy then miserable at the end of the day!!! Meaning Yu can have everything & still not be happy… #heatnation let’s get it!!! #provethemwrong #stamped #Philly
It seems clear, based on the market, that the kinds of offers Waiters was hoping for weren’t out there for him. In Miami, with Dwyane Wade gone, he’ll probably start at shooting guard and have plenty of opportunities to prove himself in hopes of landing a long-term deal next summer.
While we wait for the Celtics to make a bigger move to trade for another star, they’re filling out the end of their roster. Sheridan Hoops’ Michael Scotto is reporting that they’ve signed Demetrius Jackson, the No. 45 pick in last month’s draft, to a four-year deal.
Jackson declared for the draft after his junior season at Notre Dame. Talent-wise, he has the chance to be a major steal for Boston — DraftExpress has him ranked as the 17th-best overall prospect in this year’s draft class. But he might not play much his first year. The Celtics’ roster is already crowded and there’s still the chance that they’ll make another move with some of their much-vaunted assets if the right star becomes available.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks have signed undrafted rookie free agent center Matt Costello of Michigan State.
The 6-foot-9, 245-pound Costello averaged 5.7 points and 5 rebounds on the Hawks’ summer league team in Las Vegas.
Costello averaged 10.7 points and 8.2 rebounds as a senior at Michigan State. He holds the school’s career record with 146 blocked shots.
Terms of the deal were not released.
Jamal Crawford knows how to get buckets.
He does it against NBA level defenders, so put him in a free-flowing pro-am — let’s say the Seattle pro-am in his hometown — and he barely breaks a sweat dropping 44. And nailing the game winner.
Doc Rivers hopes to see a lot of that next season.