The Minnesota Timberwolves are heading into the offseason with full of hope and a lot of questions. One of these questions is the future of Ricky Rubio and according to the latest NBA rumors, he could be traded this offseason as part of Tom Thibodeau’s plan to build the team as a contender.
In a report by Sir Charles in Charge, the Timberwolves reportedly tried to trade Rubio at the trade deadline this season. He was linked with a deal to Milwaukee in exchange for Khris Middleton but the Bucks did not want to discuss it.
The 25-year-old Spaniard is coming off an impressive season averaging 10.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 8.7 assists, and 2.1 steals per game. However, he still shot the ball poorly from the field at 37.4 percent but his free throw percentage was a career-high 84.7 percent.
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Rubio will need to convince Thibodeau that he will be a vital part of the Timberwolves rise in the NBA. Minnesota can build around Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine and their 2016 first-round pick.
NBA rumors about the draft suggest that the Timberwolves will likely select a fifth overall. Players like Jamal Murray and Kris Dunn are their projected targets that possibly replace Rubio in the rotation next season.
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As mentioned in a previous report, the Knicks could target Spanish point guard but his salary can cause some problems. He will make around $14 million next season and his value is so hard to predict because of his unusual combination of good defense and horrendous shooting for his position.
But the 25-year-old guard doesn’t think that the Timberwolves will trade him this offseason.
“We have a great future. We’re a young team that has high expectations. But there have been young teams in this organization that has not made it. We have the pieces to be in the playoffs,” Rubio told Gigantes Del Basket.
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