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NBA signings
A move for Tenerife born Sergio Rodríguez and the player who replaced him in the national team, Ricky Rubio.

12.07.2009 - Sergio transfers from Portland Trail Blazers to the Sacramento Kings after three seasons under trainer, Nate McMillan, where he spent more time on the bench than the court and only came on as a match starter on 14 occasions.  Ricky Rubio fared rather better, selected fifth in the NBA draft, the second highest position ever achieved by a Spanish player behind Pau Gasol who was third.  The Minnesota Tim­berwolves chose Ricky, but it is uncertain whether he will join the NBA next year or not as there are problems with his current club, DKV Joventut and the player himself has doubts about the Timberwolves as he had no previous contact with them.  His agent is said to be in talks with the Knicks and meanwhile, the player is keeping all his options open but declared, “for the moment I think I’ll be coming back to the ACB League”.  His argument with his current club, which he claims has set a transfer fee far and away out of step with his current income, is set to reach the courts in October.

In the meantime, Ricky will be joining the national selec­tion on July 30 for the pre-competition training for this year’s Eurobasket in Poland (7 – 20 September).  The full line up is Carlos Cabezas (Unicaja), Víctor Claver (Pamesa Valen­cia), Rudy Fernández (Portland Trail Blazers), Jorge Garbajosa (Khimki), Marc Gasol (Mem­phis Grizzlies), Pau Gasol (Los Angeles Lakers), Raúl López (Real Madrid), Alex Mumbrú (Real Madrid), Juan Carlos Navarro (Regal FC Barcelona), Felipe Reyex (Real Madrid), Berni Rodríguez (Unicaja) and Ricky Rubio (DKV Joventut).

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