NBA Rumor Round Up For Wednesday, September 2:
Ricky Rubio Some followers of the NBA may continue to believe that Rubio could be traded, however the team has no desire to move him and the Minnesota Timberwolves starting point guard is hoping to stay long-term. "I have confidence that the team wants me but you know in this league anybody can get traded," Rubio told Gulf News. “You don’t listen to the rumors. You just live day-by-day and that’s it." When asked if he wants to stay with the Wolves, Rubio simply said, "Yes." Rubio is currently under contract through 2018-19 after signing a four-year, $55 million extension last Oct. 31. The Wolves have a solid group of young talent on the roster and Rubio is one of the core-players moving forward, if he can stay healthy. Rubio played in just: 41 games in 2011-12; 57 games in 2012-13; and 22 games in 2014-15.
Ty Lawson: After a tough few years in Denver dealing with issues on and off the floor, Lawson is thrilled to be part of the Houston Rockets organization after a trade in July. "It's a huge chance," Lawson tells FOX 26 Sports. "(The Rockets) went to the Western Conference Finals and could have won, but you just needed a couple of extra pieces. So I'm excited to be playing in a situation where I know I have a chance to win." Lawson will compete with Patrick Beverley for the starting point guard spot. "I'm about winning," Lawson said. "I love being on a winning team. At every level I've played at, high school, middle school, college I won championships. This is a chance to play for one of those and get an NBA ring. I'm ready for it." ... Lawson was so desperate to get out of Denver that he agreed to make 2016-17, paying $13.21 million, non-guaranteed so he could move to the Rockets.
Phoenix Suns: The Suns currently have 15 players under contract after center Henry Sims and forward Cory Jefferson signed non-guaranteed one-year deals on August 25, which will pay them the veteran minimum. The Suns currently only have two true centers under contract, which gives Sims a chance to make the regular season roster. "This is an opportunity for me to show what I can do for a team that can make the playoffs,” Sims tells the The Arizona Republic. "I want to show the NBA I can do what I was doing there (in Philadelphia) on any team and do more. It gives me an extra boost of energy to be here for a potential playoff team." Should Sims make the regular season roster, he will be third on the center depth chart behind Tyson Chandler and Alex Len.
Jarrett Jack: When the Brooklyn Nets open training camp Jack will be the starting point guard after Deron Williams and the team split after they agreed to a buyout. Jack is confident the Nets will win with him as the starter. “It does [motivate me], but it’s not like I’ve got the article pinned up on my wall,” Jack told the New York Post. “But my thing is that all you can do is show and prove … wait for the opportunities and then take advantage of it, and just help your team win. That’s the only way you’re going to get people to realize it. When the season comes and I have my opportunities to go out there and show them that I believe different … that’s the response. You don’t have to respond to it, because your play is going to be the response to whatever they think.” Jack has not been a full-time starter since the 2011-12 season when he played in New Orleans. Jack has played in 771 regular season games in 10 years and started 310 of them.
Detroit Pistons: With less than a month to go until training camp opens, the Pistons will be signing a few players to make-good contracts. According to Shams Charania of RealGM.com, Detroit has agreed to terms with forward Eric Griffin. Last season, Griffin played in the D-League League with the Texas Legends, the Dallas Mavericks team. Griffin averaged 19.0 points and 6.6 rebounds in 49 appearances with the Legends.
Washington Wizards: There have been prior reports that Tomas Satoransky, the No. 32 pick in the 2012 NBA draft, is likely signing with the Wizards in 2016 and Tuesday came more speculation. According to Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post, the team met with the native of the Czech Republic in August and the plan is to bring the athletic 6-foot-7 point guard over next year. Satoransky's contract with FC Barcelona expires after this coming season.