Memphis does not have to draft Rubio at all thus giving them the upper hand any deal with the Knicks. Right now if I'm Memphis I ask the Knicks for Wilson (who really they don't need because of Gay) this year's pick and a unprotected 2012 pick, which doesnt sound like much until you consider that like any other rookie before him, there is a chance Rubio could be a bust. Just think if a team gave that much up to draft Millic,Bargani or Oden.
Now Rubio is the better player (and we all know the mantra of any sports draft) but the Grizz could for sure use Thabeet and since they have Conley they can live with not having Rubio if they fill a need at the Center postion. Again my point is, they don't need to make a deal w/ us, we need one with them!
I also heard that Rubio would want to play for The Kings, which makes it even more impossible to think he falls to NY. Now I made a thread ealier saying that if Rubio refused to go to anywhere but NY then we would have a legit shot at him, I think if we can work him out, bring to the City to meet Mike and Donnie, and I am certain he and Gallo have respect for each other, plus Dolan offers to drop a couple million towards his buyout from Spain, which makes up for the pay he loses in dropping six spots back then we could get him to sing that tune of NY or Bust. Again it would be dumb for another team to draft a player with the option to not play for you.
Also....I think someone has already made this point, but here it is again....we can not trade David Lee or Nate. there is no possible way they get dealt on Draft Night, it would be really nice if we could, because Lee and the number 8 could move us up to grab Rubio, but it is not possible!
Now could The Grizz draft Rubio with the idea they are trading him in a few days? well in theory yes, but it would be the dumbest move ever considering once they have used the pick on Rubio they are now stuck with a player who does not want to be with them and another team could exploit that.