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NBA Rumors: Philadelphia 76ers trading for Ricky Rubio; Nerlens Noel or Jahlil Okafor moving to Minnesota Timberwolves

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The Minnesota Timberwolves picked Kris Dunn in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft but rumors are swirling that Dunn could be used by the Timberwolves as part of a trade chip to lure the Chicago Bulls to ship Jimmy Butler.

There are NBA rumors that the Minnesota Timberwolves will aggressively pursue trading one of their PGs in Ricky Rubio and Kris Dunn while the Philadelphia 76ers have reportedly placed big men Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel on the trading block.

The Sixers badly want a point guard while the T’Wolves have lots of guard prospects in their lineup.

A trade between the the young Sixers and Timberwolves could be the best move for both franchises as it will help the teams achieve a more balanced roster before the new NBA season begins later this year.

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Darren Wolfson of kstp.com confirmed that the Timberwolves’ front office had a meeting this week and that they have decided to add another point guard and wing man for their long-term plan

This is an interesting development for Minnesota because the Timberwolves already have Ricky Rubio, Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and Tyus Jones in their guard rotation plus Andrew Wiggins, Shabazz Muhammad and Brandon Rush in their wing rotation.

The Minnesota front office meeting will add to the rumors that the Timberwolves are looking for trade partners for Rubio or LaVine or rookie Dunn.

Meanwhile, the Sixers have lots of big men in their line-up including Okafor, Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Dario Saric. Philadelphia had admitted earlier in the offseason that they won’t go into the season with an imbalanced roster and wants a guard to add to their roster.

The Sixers have Jerryd Bayless, Sergio Rodriguez, T.J. McConnell and Kendall Marshall in their PG rotation but none is seen as a long-term starting PG.

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Philadelphia and Minnesota are the perfect trade partners because of the needs of their rosters.

A Ricky Rubio trade to the Sixers will give the team a point guard that can run the team while a Jahlil Okafor or Nerlens Noel trade to the Timberwolves will give the squad another good big man alongside Karl-Anthony Towns.

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