Ricky Rubio of the Minnesota Timberwolves has been placed in the team’s trading block, according to the latest NBA trade rumors. Meanwhile, the New York Knicks want a starting point guard and could target the Spanish player.
“Ricky Rubio is readily available and the feeling is that the Spanish guard could be moved prior to Thursday’s NBA trade deadline,” Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reported the NBA trade rumor on Sunday.
Isola went on to state that New York Knicks president Phil Jackson is “desperate” to make the postseason this year and the “Zen Master” is “in the market” for a starting point guard.
The Knicks feature Jose Calderon, Jerian Grant and Langston Galloway at the point guard position this season. None of the three is seen as a long-term starting PG for the New York squad.
The Knicks have been mentioned in a lot of NBA trade rumors this season that involves acquiring point guards like the Atlanta Hawks’ Jeff Teague, Memphis Grizzlies’ Mike Conley and Detroit Pistons’ Brandon Jennings via trade or free agency.
In 2014, Rubio signed a four-year extension with the Timberwolves worth $56 million or a deal that will pay him about $14 million average per year.
Rubio is Minnesota’s starting point guard this season starting all 48 games he has played but they also have another starting quality point guard in Zach Levine, the back-to-back All Star Slam Dunk Contest champion. Also with the Timberwolves are point guards Andre Miller and Tyus Jones.
Rubio, who has struggled with injuries in previous seasons, is healthier this year and has averages of 9.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, 8.6 assists and 2.2 steals.
Rubio is fifth in the NBA in average assists and third in average steals per game but his field goal percentage, at 36.1 per cent overall and 30.9 per cent from the three-point area, has been criticized both by basketball analysts and fans as Rubio doesn’t have a reliable jump shot in his fifth year in the league.
The Knicks do not have much assets in acquiring Rubio from the Timberwolves but a three-team trade is possible before the NBA trade deadline on Feb. 18.