Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor has dismissed all speculations that they would be trading point guard Ricky Rubio anytime soon.
Taylor stated that rumors about Rubio’s trade came about when the team drafted Kris Dunn during the NBA Draft held last month. It was also the time that Rubio told the public that his stint with the Timberwolves might be over and that the coming season would be his last playing for the city of Minnesota.
“I just think the coach, everybody, likes Ricky,” Taylor told the Star Tribune. “I think we want him to come in and improve on his shooting. But his other things, he plays defense, he gets assists, he helps the others get better. He has some wonderful qualities.”
Though the 25-year-old Spaniard has three more years remaining on his contract with the Timberwolves, getting a championship ring is his ultimate goal. And Rubio has stated that if that does not happen within the next season, he might start listening to offers from other teams around the league.
But for Taylor, the team has set their goals and Rubio is included in that area as they are set to hire a shooting coach to help him improve in that department as well.
“I think the coach wants to bring an assistant coach to help Ricky on his shooting and I think that’s where we’re going to start out and go and we’ll see how good Kris Dunn is,” Taylor said.
Taylor admitted that Rubio’s shooting is their main concern and they would want him to improve to make him a legitimate threat on the floor. Rubio has been averaging 10.1 points, 8.6 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game and Taylor want those numbers to increase by next season.
Taylor also admitted that they are not yet expecting anything big for the coming season. He adds that he trusts Tom Thibodeau and his system. Taylor puts faith on what Thibodeau and his coaching staff have in stored for the Timberwolves not only this season but for the future.
“A lot of people have asked me that and I just think it’s premature. I’d like the coach to get to know his players better, I’d like to have him work with them, I’d like to have him decide who’s going to be on the team, and then that might be the appropriate time to put out expectations. We have some young guys that we see as our potential starting team, but we need players coming off the bench to hold us competitive with the other teams. I think both Thibs and Scott are looking at other players that can come in and play competitive minutes,” Taylor explained.
Taylor sees a bright future for the Timberwolves and he sees Rubio with it. He admits that it will be a long process, but having Tom Thibodeau on board he believes nothing is impossible for them to achieve. Their first assignment is how to have a strong core and from there, they will work their way into the top of the standings and Taylor sees a bright future ahead for them.
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