It's time for the Minnesota Timberwolves to trade Ricky Rubio
Perhaps, Minnesota Timberwolves executive David Kahn should consider moving on. Far enough, Ricky Rubio has potential. Landing him would be a positive step for a franchise that has taken more hits than that John guy for cheating on his wife and eight kids. And sure, Kahn took a risk drafting the Spaniard fifth overall, even after reports indicated he had little interest in heading to the frozen Tundra of 'Sota ... Breaking news mixed with analysis …
Their News: “Although there remains a strong possibility that Ricky Rubio will play in Spain rather than Minneapolis next season, a Spanish media report Wednesday of his agreement to a six-year deal with Regal FC Barcelona was overstated, a knowledgeable source told ESPN.com” (Chris Sheridan, ESPN)
My Gut Reaction: Perhaps, Minnesota Timberwolves executive David Kahn should consider moving on.
Ricky Rubio has potential. Landing him would be a positive step for a franchise that has taken more public hits than that John guy for cheating on his wife and eight kids. And sure, Kahn personally extended himself by drafting the Spaniard fifth overall, even after reports indicated he had little interest in heading to the frozen Tundra of ‘Sota.
Currently, Minnesota has momentum. Kahn, the new suit in charge, has injected life into this listless franchise. He hit a homerun hiring Los Angeles assistant coach Kurt Rambis as his bench boss.
Things are looking better on-court, too. Al Jefferson and Kevin Love, while both undersized, have shown promise, while Jonny Flynn, the sixth overall pick and a blue-chip table-setter, had a strong summer league.
The Rubio situation could halt the momentum. To be fair, much of this isn’t his fault: the NBA has complicated rules that limit the amount teams can pay towards buying European pros out their contracts.
The Timberwolves can chip-in just $0.5 million of the $8.0 million buyout DKV Joventut holds on the final two years of Rubio’s deal, leaving the teenager to pick up the remaining tab. There is, however, no limit on the amount European clubs can pay.
But the buyout figure appears fluid. According to today’s report (which turned out to be false), Regal FC Barcelona ‘landed’ Rubio by handing DKV Joventut $5.0 million. Still, even this amount is far greater than $0.5 million Minnesota can pay according to the NBA's Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Such financial dealings are exhausting, especially when considering the mixed projections on Rubio’s game. Some scouts see him developing into an intelligent and flashy playmaker. Others believe his frame and shaky range could get exposed in the pros.
Waiting two years for Rubio’s European buyout to simply expire isn’t an option for the lowly Timberwolves. Flynn, Jefferson, and Love are talented, but have a ways to go. They, along with Kahn and Rambis, need more immediate help.
Potential be damned. Kahn and Minnesota should move on and, at a minimum, test the trade waters for Rubio.
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