While the Daily News’ Frank Isola reports the Knicks are on the brink of dealing Quentin Richardson for Darko Milicic, Newsday’s Alan Hahn — a predictor, if not a proponent of Stephen Curry coming to MSG, has alleged New York target Ricky Rubio slipping no further than no. 5 overall in tomorrow night’s NBA Draft.
Oklahoma City could go for Rubio at No. 3, but James Harden (above) is just a better fit. The Thunder is one of the few drum-tight organizations in the draft. Absolutely zero is being leaked from their braintrust, so everything is pure speculation, but one thing we have consistently heard over the past few weeks is the Thunder are not interested in sliding Russell Westbrook out of the point guard spot. That leaves Rubio on the board for Sacramento at No. 4, but wait…the latest word is the Kings will pass on Rubio and go for Tyreke Evans. That sets up Minnesota, who targeted Rubio with the trade-up and they could get him at No. 5.
That leaves the sixth pick as a curious one. If the T-Wolves get Rubio, why would they draft another guard with the sixth pick? But they have an eye on Harden or Evans as shooting guards if they are there. If not, total mystery