The Minnesota Timberwolves drafted point guard Kris Dunn last week which means Ricky Rubio will likely get traded. According to the latest NBA rumors, Sacramento is one of the possible destinations for Rubio as the Kings can offer a trade package involving Ben McLemore.
The 25-year-old Spaniard hinted that he may demand a trade if the Timberwolves don’t make the postseason next year. He is still one of the best point guards in the league as his passing and defense is top notch.
Rubio is also known as a bad shooter, who simply does not fit in the modern NBA. However, he has made strides to improve his shot last season. The Timberwolves will likely receive offers for him and one of them may be from the Kings.
Justin Rowan of Hoops Habit mentioned that Rubio is a good fit in Sacramento since they are in need of a point guard. Rajon Rondo is looking for a big contract while Darren Collison was recently arrested for domestic violence.
Rowan suggested that the Kings can trade Ben McLemore, who is need of a change in scenery, for Rubio. However, it is an uneven trade and the Timberwolves would want an additional player, probably a big man like Willie Cauley-Stein, Kosta Koufos or Skal Labissiere.
Other teams that are in need of a point guard and could make an offer for Rubio include the New Orleans Pelicans, Philadelphia 76ers and Milwaukee Bucks. However, the Timberwolves can easily change its mind and let Rubio play together with Dunn.
If that experiment fails, the Timberwolves can always trade Rubio at the deadline next season. But of course, it is a little bit risky due to his injury history. Rubio tore his left ACL and LCL in his rookie year while he missed 60 games in the 2014-15 season due to ankle problems.
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