SALT LAKE CITY — For Ricky Rubio, the future is a bit of an unknown right now as the second-year Utah Jazz point guard will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
The 28-year-old opened up about his impending free agency with EuroHoops, stressing how important this next contract will be for him, since he will enter his 30s soon. In finding a team to play for, Rubio said he’d like to “win the (championship) ring being the protagonist because a ring without playing wouldn’t feel like mine.”
Rubio also addressed the reports of the Jazz being willing to trade him last season, saying he understands it because of the business nature of sports.
“All that has affected me, without a doubt,” he told EuroHoops, when asked if he would like to continue playing in Utah. “If the question had been asked a year ago, I’d signed with them with my eyes closed. Now, from here to July, many things can happen.”
The end of tanking?
In Tuesday night’s NBA draft lottery, a few teams beat the odds and moved up, while a handful of teams with the best odds to land the No. 1 spot went the other way.
New Orleans, with a 6 percent chance to land the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft, indeed got the top spot, while Memphis (No. 2) and the Los Angeles Lakers (No. 4) also moving up to get a top four spot.
Meanwhile, the three teams with the best chance to land the top pick at 14 percent each — New York, Cleveland and Phoenix — all failed to do so, with only the Knicks (at No. 3) picking in the top four.
Jazz center Rudy Gobert predicted the result will bring the end of tanking for a better draft spot.
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And finally …
Former Duke big man Zion Williamson is expected to be the top pick in the 2019 NBA draft, prompting one Twitter user to make an observation about the potential future Pelican and another New Orleans athlete, former BYU quarterback and current Saint Taysom Hill.