Harden has been rated in most mock drafts as between 2 and 5, and the Thunder is going to draft Harden if the Griz don't (the Thunder lacks a SG). So trading down to get Harden is futile.
As for Chad Ford's column ("Rubio's stock rising and falling"), the Wolves can pick Rubio at 6 with no help at all!
The nightmare scenario would be: We draft Rubio. Rubio decides to stay in Spain. We ask every team to trade him, but all say, "No thanks. I'll pass. Not at your price," and we are left with nothing. The best case of my scenario is a few teams will trade for Rubio, and we are left with one or two role players who are worst than Thabeet. I would rather go with Harden and save the headaches.
Your answer is the Grizzlies, but that is because after the lottery, Wallace (et al) flew to Spain and unsuccessfully tried to convince Rubio (et al) that Memphis is the team to play for. But that is besides the point. I don't tell the Griz who to draft, and neither do all of you. The alpha and the omega of anything concerning the Grizzlies comes from Heisley, and he takes advise from Wallace, Hollins, and the rest of the staff; but the final decision rest with Heisley. If Heisley thinks Rubio is the best player for the Griz, he will choose Rubio. If Heisley thinks the same thing about Thabeet, Harden, or any other player in this draft (except Griffin--he is gone), he will choose them. Our arguments mean squat when it comes to drafting players for the Grizzlies. But when it comes to intelligently choosing which player (and his surroundings) is the best for the Griz, I pick James Harden, because we don't have to lose any player by picking Harden, and he did excellent at the combine.
I Am Awesome-O, the reason why Rubio is fighting his team in court is the team doesn't want him to leave. And on the middle of June, Rubio will land in LA, OKC, and Sac.--he will skip Memphis. Read an ESPN article (3rd paragraph from the end through the end):
We should go with Harden instead.
MisterT80, I'm afraid to clear your confusion, but read this:
In other words, if Rubio gets drafted by the Griz, and the team keeps him, Rubio might stay in Spain (i.e., #2 is empty). Do you want to take the risk?
After reading this blog, James Harden might be the most perfect pick for the Griz, whether we pick him at 2, or drop down to pick him. However, DraftExpress has Harden at #2, NBADraft.net has Harden at #3, and OKC might draft him if we don't (they lack a SG). The reason why I say picking Harden is the most perfect pick is this: Like it or not, Griffin is gone. If we pick Rubio, we have to lose Conley or (most likely) Rubio (Rubio's camp said he won't come here if he have to play for Memphis, because of playing beside OJ and negative experiences by two Spanish players), and his trade value is lacking. If we pick Thabeet, we have to lose Gasol. But if we pick Harden, we can use him in a three-guard rotation (Grizzlies' other guards are a waste of money), and we will ease OJ into the point-guard duties, with Mayo and Harden in. Then after a couple of years, we will know better what to do then.
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