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Ricky Rubio will consider leaving Timberwolves if they miss playoffs next season


Ricky Rubio has never made the NBA Playoffs in his career with the Minnesota Timberwolves, and if that doesn’t change soon he may seek greener pastures.

The T’wolves point guard told Catalunya Radio in Spain that he may seek to leave Minnesota if they cannot end their playoff drought next season.

“When I arrived to Minnesota, my hope was to break the seven years’ streak without [a] presence in [the] playoffs. I still have that hope, but it’s very tough mentally when year after year that goal is not met,” Rubio said, via ESPN.

“Next season will be crucial for me. I’ve been in the NBA for five years, and six years without playoffs would be a long time. At 26, I’d have to start thinking about teams that can get to the playoffs and win in the Finals.”

Minnesota hasn’t made the playoffs since 2004 and hasn’t even had a winning season since 2004-05. They now have a widely respected coach in place who also has personnel control, plus a talented young core that looks to be going places. Will it take too long for Rubio’s liking? It still might. Of course, Minnesota may trade him before then anyway, although the new regime may be kinder to the point guard than the old one was.


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