Prior to the NBA draft, Ricky Rubio was projected to be drafted as high as the 2nd pick. When draft day came, he had fallen all the way to pick #5. Now, with his "I may go back to Spain if I'm not happy" attitude, his value is somehow increasing.
I may have been wrong to be so happy about not being in position to draft Rubio...
When Rubio fell to pick #5, he became more valuable than the predraft #5 pick. That means if the Wizards didn't get excited trade the pick before the draft, they could have had more options for trades, and an overall better position than they could imagine.
According to the New York Daily News, the Rockets offered Aaron Brooks & Shane Battier to the Timberwolves for Rubio.
Aaron Brooks & Shane Battier or Mike Miller & Randy Foye?
2 Starters on the only playoff team that gave the Lakers trouble vs 2 Guys on the worst team in the NBA?
And it appears that the T-Wolves turned that trade down. Who knows what other offers are being put up there for Rubio. I'll tell you who doesn't know, the Wizards.
While drafting Rubio and keeping him would have been a bad move, waiting til draft day seems like it would have worked out better. After hearing these trade offers, Ernie Grunfeld must be wishing he could go back in time.
The Wizards may have ended up with Mike Miller & Randy Foye no matter what, but they should have played this better and seen what else was available.