The Missing Holiday, Rubio Slipping?
It's understandable why Blake Griffin, Hasheem Thabeet and Ricky Rubio haven't visited Washington for a pre-draft workout, since they are considered the three best prospects in the draft. But I'm sure some of you may have noticed that there another is potential top 10 pick in Thursday's draft whose name has not been mentioned much in these parts -- UCLA combo guard Jrue Holiday.
Holiday has been slated to possibly go as high as No. 4 to Sacramento. ESPN's Chad Ford and Draftexpress.com have Holiday rated as third- and the fifth-best point guard prospect in the draft, respectively, after averaging 8.5 points and 3.7 assists last year at UCLA.
The Timberwolves, Knicks, Raptors, Bucks and Pacers are also considering him, yet Holiday somehow hasn't worked out for the Wizards. Strange, right?
It's not that the Wizards have no interest.
Here's an explanation: According to a league source, the Wizards attempted to set up something with Holiday but Holiday's agent did not want him to work out for the team.
Holiday's agent? Dan Fegan.
Yep, the same Fegan who doesn't want Rubio in the same time zone as the Wizards. The source didn't say why Holiday wouldn't come, but if you recall, Fegan was concerned about Rubio sharing the floor with his former client, Gilbert Arenas.
Opinions about Holiday are mixed, but most view him as tweener, since senior Darren Collison dominated the ball and handled most of the point guard duties at UCLA. Some scouts and executives that I've spoken with believe that Holiday's numbers are low because was buried his freshman year with the Bruins with the hope that he would have to come back and improve his stock. He is considered a player who could be the Russell Westbrook of this draft.
There is an interesting side note to all of this. What happens if Rubio slips?
Rubio has met with Sacramento, which holds the No. 4 pick, and Oklahoma City, which holds the No. 3 pick and interviewed him Los Angeles over the weekend. Fegan has reportedly already made it known that he doesn't want Rubio in Memphis, where fellow Spaniards Pau Gasol and Juan Carlos Navarro had some less than ideal experiences with the Grizzlies. The Grizzlies met with Rubio in Spain.
Memphis has been going back and forth with what it wants to do with the No. 2 pick and is in the most pivotal position in this draft. ESPN's Ric Bucher is reporting on his Twitter page that there is dissention in Memphis, where General Manager Chris Wallace wants Rubio, Coach Lionel Hollins wants Stephen Curry and the scouting department wants Hasheem Thabeet: "that's your memphis grizzlies," Bucher tweets.
Oklahoma City is interesting, but mostly because General Manager Sam Presti is quite shrewd and opportunistic. Realizing the value in Rubio -- the Knicks and Timberwolves are among the handful of teams that would love to have him -- Presti might be willing to move him to get more assets for the team he is building. He could also skip Rubio and go with James Harden to solidify the Thunder's needs at shooting guard. Of course, he could also simply take Rubio and pair him in the backcourt with Westbrook.
Fegan has been directing Rubio toward Sacramento, where the Kings desperately need a point guard. But Rubio fell ill during his visit last week and was unable to work out for the team. The Sacramento Bee is reporting that Rubio's reported $6.6 million buyout is close to being resolved, which would make it much easier for him to come over and play in the upcoming season. But the Kings have yet to fully commit to Rubio.
I doubt if four teams pass over Rubio, but he does . And, with Fegan's apprehension about having Rubio in Washington, what happens if he falls to the Wizards?
These next few days should be fun.
The Wizards on Monday will have another workout, highlighted by Boston College guard Tyrese Rice (from Chesterfield, Va.) and Florida sophomore guard Nick Calathes, who has already signed a professional contract with a team in Greece. Ryan Ayers, son of former Wizards assistant Randy Ayers, will also work out for the team.
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