Regal Barcelona Rumors
08 Feb 13
Now it is official, Pete Mickeal extended his contract with Regal Barcelona for the next two years. The player, one of the best in Europe in his role, had a unlucky season. He injured his knee and then had a pulmonary embolism which sidelined him for the whole season.
Pau Gasol: If there are indications that there’s going to be a full-year lockout, I would consider returning to Europe. Barcelona would be my first option, but everything’s in the air right now.
Ricky Rubio has already decided he’s going to the NBA next season. Just one thing prevents Barça’s guard from committing to the Timberwolves: the lockout and how long it could be.
For two years the Minnesota Timberwolves have been very patient and committed in their pursuit of Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio, who they selected fifth overall in the 2009 NBA Draft. They’ve passed on trade offers for his draft rights, having faith that he would eventually sign with them. Finally, the wait is almost over. According to sources the Timberwolves are as optimistic as they’ve ever been that Rubio will be joining them for the 2011-2012 season. Signing Rubio this offseason has been Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations David Kahn’s plan for over a year and he’s on the verge of seeing it through. Nothing is signed or finalized yet, but it should be in the coming weeks.
If Rubio does indeed sign as expected, point guard Jonny Flynn’s days in Minnesota are numbered. Sources also indicated to HOOPSWORLD that Flynn is almost sure to be traded in that case with the Toronto Raptors being one of the most probable destinations. There could be some competition for his services as the Charlotte Bobcats and Detroit Pistons could also use some help at the lead guard spot. Flynn is a first-class individual with incredible character, but he hasn’t produced as hoped in Minnesota and Rubio’s arrival makes him expendable. At the age of 22 he still has some upside and his price tag is not very high at all.
Kahn, assistant general manager Tony Ronzone and international scout Pete Philo will be in Spain to visit draft prospects Nemanja Bjelica, Paolao Prestes and Henk Norel — all of whom are with Spanish clubs — and no doubt, but perhaps discretely, will continue discussions with Rubio and his camp. They’ll also scout a tournament of top European junior players as well while they’re there. Ronzone and Philo went to Spain in February to expand the dialogue between the two parties and a Wolves representative met recently with Rubio’s American agent in Los Angeles. The Wolves already have much invested in Rubio — he alone is the only hope to save a 2009 draft in which they had four first-round picks that so far has delivered Jonny Flynn, Wayne Ellington and Martell Webster (obtained by trading a 2010 pick they acquired by trading 2009’s 18th overall pick to Denver). Kahn and Ronzone remained convinced that Rubio, despite his regression in European play, will thrive in a NBA game that is played at a faster pace and allows players — particularly point guards who, because of NBA rules, can’t be touched — more freedom.
That fact could complicate the timing of a completed deal because Rubio must exercise a $1 million-plus buyout with his Barcelona team and because Rubio and his family don’t want it to appear as if he already has a foot out the door to the NBA before his team’s season concludes. Whether Rubio will ever agree to play for the Wolves has been a matter of much discussion and doubt for nearly two years now.
A Timberwolves contingent led by David Kahn are spending the next week in Spain for this weekend’s Euroleague Final Four and to continue work they intend will get Ricky Rubio signed to a NBA contract within a month. Rubio’s Regal Barcelona team never made it to the Final Four scheduled for his hometown this year because it got beat out by Greece’s Panathinaikos team in a playoff series in March. But his team still has Spanish league play left during a European season that, like the NBA, never seems to end.
Would a potential lockout in the NBA affect your decision? Ricky Rubio: I have not made any decision. I wouldn’t have any problem saying it, but I don’t want to think about it. The lockout is important because not playing for a few months is an important thing to me. The more I wait to make a decision the better, because I will know what happens with the lockout.
Marc Mundet: Otis Howard, Orlando GM to RAC1: “Yes. Yes, we are interested in (Fran Vazquez). We have been in contact with all of his representation. He has done a good job. His game has developed and he has developed as a young man, that is probably the biggest thing other than his basketball game right now. He’ll fit in with what we do here pretty good. For us right now he would be a very good addition to a back-up for Dwight at the five spot. He’s a shot blocker, he can shoot the ball from 17-18 feet and defend for us”.
“(Returning to Regal Barça) is probably an option (in case of a lockout),” Marc Gasol said. “Nobody knows what will happen and Barcelona is our hometown.”
03 Apr 11
If there’s no NBA next season, Pau Gasol’s priority would be to play with Regal Barcelona, as he told ‘El club de la mitjanit’ of Catalunya Radio. “It’s an option, no doubt… If it happens, you’re going to play to another place, and if I have to play in Europe my first option would be Barcelona, of course,” Gasol said.
30 Dec 10
Fran Vazquez’s with Regal Barcelona ends this summer and for months the Spanish center has had an offer to re-sign on the table. Club sources say it’s a very good offer, one that would allow Vazquez to retire with the team.
08 Oct 10
Rudy would sign a long contract with Regal Barcelona, possibly four years, and would earn a lot more than he earns in the NBA. He would have a contract close to the top earner of the team, Juan Carlos Navarro.
Regal Barcelona and Rudy Fernandez have a verbal agreement that could be made effective “in one evening,” according to sources close to the club.
23 Sep 10
12 May 10
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