According to offseason rumors, Ricky Rubio is on the trading block because the Minnesota Timberwolves drafted young stud Kris Dunn, who is expected to be one of the top players in his rookie class.
However, latest reports from Minnesota is that new head coach Tom Thibodeau is high on his Spanish point guard and will aim to make him a superstar like Derrick Rose in Chicago. A Ricky Rubio trade is unlikely at this point as Thibodeau will see if the Rubio-Dunn backcourt will work in the upcoming NBA season.
“The Timberwolves have high hopes for point guard Ricky Rubio, who has yet to make his mark in the NBA. The belief is that Thibodeau can do for Rubio what he did for Rose and Nate Robinson in Chicago,” Frank Isola of the New York Daily News wrote.
Isola notes that Rose won an MVP award when he was coached by Thibodeau in Chicago and the undersized Robinson also found success running the Bulls under the former Chicago mentor.
Ricky Rubio trade suggestions made the headlines after the Timberwolves drafted Dunn, who has superstar potential. But recent pronouncements from the team say that the Minnesota franchise will have a three-headed guard rotation of Dunn, Rubio and Zach LaVine for the new NBA season. Both Dunn and LaVine are combo guards and can play alongside Rubio.
Rubio is linked to the Philadelphia 76ers, which is desperate to acquire a starting point guard. Philadelphia has lots of big men to offer to Minnesota, including Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel, who are both on the trading block. The 76ers have forwards and centers Joel Embiid, Dario Saric and Ben Simmons in their roster.
However, with Thibodeau hoping to see Rubio’s full potential next season and if he has MVP quality like Derrick Rose, the Timberwolves are likely to stay put. Rubio in NBA rumors will continue if Minnesota struggles and does not find a way for the Dunn-Rubio backcourt to work.
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