Rubio, Barea will miss Wednesday's preseason finale at Milwaukee

  • Blog Post by: Jerry Zgoda
  • December 20, 2011 - 5:46 PM

That backcourt combo you're just itching to see again in Wednesday night's preseason finale at Milwaukee....

Sorry, folks.

Neither Ricky Rubio nor J.J. Barea practiced on Tuesday and both stayed behind when the team flew away late this afternoon.

"I just think they want to be precautionary right now," coach Rick Adelman said about the team's training staff, "and make sure they get treatment and get healthy so they can practice by the end of the week, before the first game."

Adelman said he wants to play those players who didn't see much action in Saturday's game at Target Center more time tomorrow and those two injuries will open the stage particularly for second-round pick Malcolm Lee and 35-year-old Bonzi Wells.

Adelman said Wells still can play. The problem is, the team already has the opening-day limit of 15 players with guaranteed contracts already.

"I think Bonzi can help us," Adelman said. "He has shown he can play. It's just a matter we're up against it number-wise. I have no, I haven't talked to David (Kahn) about it. I'm going to try and play him tomorrow and give him an opportunity to play on the court longer than he played the last game. He's certainly a guy who can play in this league. I just don't know if we're going to have enough room."

Also, Adelman said he has talked with Chuck Hayes, the former Rockets center who had his 4-year, $21 million contract with the Kings voided after he failed his physical because of a heart abnormalities found during his physical exam.

"Chuck is hoping it's just something minor that can be fixed," Adelman said.

The Wolves pursued Hayes before he reached that contract agreement with Sacramento.

I asked Adelman if he'd be interested in coaching Hayes again -- the team spent four seasons together in Hosuton -- if indeed he can return eventually to play again.

"I didn't even talk to him about that," Adelman said. "I'm more worried about him. It had to be a real blow to him beacuse he never had an inclination that he had anything like that. To finally get his contract and have that happen to him is really tough on him. He's never had anything like that. He was just shocked."

Adelman also said he hasn't yet talked to Peja Stojakovic -- who played for him in Sacramento and who just announced his retirement -- but plans to reach him soon.

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