Wednesday , Mar , 09 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Mavericks bullish on Ricky Rubio?

"I think (Minnesota) has a star in the making in Ricky Rubio," Cuban said. "We tried to trade up to get Rubio," Cuban said. "But we weren’t close. We would have loved to draft him."

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Never, ever count out Mark Cuban.

Perhaps, the renegade owner finds a way to acquire Ricky Rubio’s rights from the Minnesota Timberwolves, and then convinces the Spanish point guard to cross the Atlantic and join his Dallas Mavericks.

Of course, Dallas, not Minnesota,  would be best for Rubio.

Dallas has Hall of Fame point guard Jason Kidd, who could ease the pressure on Rubio and teach him the tricks of trade. Eventually, Kidd retires and Rubio takes over him. Call it a master-student relationship.

Dallas is deep. The Mavericks have heaps of talent, so Rubio wouldn’t be expected to turn the franchise around. The Wolves, on the other hand, are expecting him to be their saviour.

Dallas is a big market. Minnesota is not. Playing for Team Cuban would increase Rubio’s profile and give him a greater chance at endorsement opportunities.

So Dallas wants Rubio. And Rubio may want Dallas. It’s unlikely to materialize, but stranger things have happened, especially when Cuban is involved.

–Oly Sandor.

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