Now here’s a story BallinEurope’s been waiting for … with the lockout daily looking like impingement upon the 2011-12 NBA schedule will certainly happen, defending ACB champions FC Barcelona is talking about signing a high-profile NBA lottery pick to fill out its backcourt: Namely, Ricky Rubio.
Spain-based Mundo Deportivo today reports that club officials are considering welcoming The Human YouTube Clip back onto the Blaugrana squad in lieu of the big league, you know, actually playing any games this season.
Though Barça officials’ first priority at the point guard position remains Marcelinho Huertas, the club considers Rubio a second option to fill the spot should the three-way negotiations between Barcelona, Caja Laboral Baskonia and Huertas’ representatives fall through. Said bargaining has been going on for a few weeks now with some progress reported.
Baskonia officials stated earlier that they had turned down €1 million from CSKA Moscow for Huertas’ services and Anadolu Efes currently has an offer on the table.
Barcelona currently has nine players under contract for the 2011-12 season and, after Huertas, the club is pursuing Judson Wallace and Boniface N’dong to complete its list of 12.