Ricky Rubio is drawing some interest from within the Northwest Division.
According to a report by Marc Stein of ESPN on Tuesday, the Utah Jazz have expressed interest in trading for the Minnesota Timberwolves point guard.
The 26-year-old Rubio had career-highs in points (11.1) and assists per game (9.1) last season. He has two years and about $29 million left on his contract.
Rubio’s name has been ever-present in trade rumors these last few years, and Minnesota’s recent acquisition of Jimmy Butler seems to have strengthened their resolve to move the Spaniard. As for the Jazz, incumbent starting point guard George Hill is an unrestricted free agent this summer. Swinging a deal for Rubio, who is a better playmaker than Hill and is just as strong on the defensive end, could prove to be the more cost-effective option for them.
Could this be the summer that Ricky Rubio’s Minnesota Timberwolves tenure finally ends?
ESPN’s Marc Stein reported Monday that, in the wake of their acquisition of Jimmy Butler, the Timberwolves are working hard to trade Rubio with a desire to add more shooting.
Rubio, it seems, has been on the trade block for a year. The guard is a gifted creator and a solid defender, but he doesn’t shoot well enough if that’s what Minnesota is looking for. There could be at least one interested party if the Timberwolves are really motivated to move the veteran point guard.
The New York Knicks may still have interest in trading for Ricky Rubio.
The Knicks reportedly were in trade talks with the Minnesota Timberwolves about Rubio prior to the deadline. The Timberwolves reportedly backed away from a trade that would have swapped Derrick Rose for Rubio.
ESPN’s Ian Begley says some with the Knicks wanted the team to revisit a potential trade for Rubio in the offseason. Given that Minnesota turned down a trade for Rubio before, it seems unlikely they would agree to a deal now.
Begley also says the Knicks have some interest in free agent PJ Tucker as well as Dante Cunningham. Tucker was traded by Phoenix to Toronto during the season. Cunningham has spent the past three seasons with the Pelicans.
The Knicks are looking to improve following last season’s 31-51 disappointment.
Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio didn’t get traded before Thursday’s deadline passed, but after spending weeks being at the center of rumors, he’s glad it’s over.
Rubio has been a rumored trade target many times in the past, but he admitted that the rumors felt this time differently and they are hard to cope with.
“As pros, we know what’s the deal,” Rubio said, via Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune. “But this time felt a little different.
“I mean, we’re professionals, but we’re human beings, too. So we have feelings, but I know this is a business and it has to be like that.”
Rubio tried not to worry about what he couldn’t control, but conceded that it wasn’t easy to hear the rumors.
“Mentally, it’s tough, but there are things you can’t control,” Rubio said. “We’re playing basketball. There are people who decide where you’re going to play. You can’t control that. You come here and work hard every day and that’s it.
“I’m not going to lie, you hear the rumors. But until it doesn’t happen, I didn’t expect anything. I’m still here. I have my apartment here. After practice, I go to my apartment and take a nap and everything is like it was before.”
Rubio looked for a while like he was headed to New York, but the Timberwolves refused to pull the trigger. The point guard has been popping up in rumors pretty much since Tom Thibodeau took over as the team’s president and coach, and it will likely continue once the offseason starts.
The Minnesota Timberwolves had a Ricky Rubio for Derrick Rose trade to consider at the deadline, but they reportedly backed away.
ESPN’s Marc Stein says Minnesota could have traded Rubio for Rose straight up but declined the deal.
Minnesota may have declined a trade for Rose for a few reasons.
Rose is on an expiring contract and will be a free agent after the season, while Rubio is still under contract for two more years. Perhaps they felt keeping Rubio was more worthwhile than having Rose for a few months before potentially losing him in free agency. It’s possible that Rose’s people told the Timberwolves he wouldn’t sign there long-term.
Rubio is averaging 8.9 points and 8.4 assists per game this season.
The New York Knicks may end up keeping Carmelo Anthony through the trade deadline on Thursday, but that does not mean they are giving up on making a noteworthy deal.
Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports that the Knicks have “significant” interest in acquiring Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio.
There have been reports that the T-Wolves are interested in Derrick Rose, which makes sense since Rose played for Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau for several seasons with the Chicago Bulls. ESPN’s Marc Stein says the holdup is the Knicks want more from the Timberwolves in any potential Rubio-Rose trade.
Rose has said he is prepared for the Knicks to move him, and some comments Rubio made recently indicate he would not be heartbroken if Minnesota trades him. Knicks president Phil Jackson is said to be a fan of Rubio, so perhaps swapping Rose, who will be a free agent after the season, for Rubio, who is signed through 2019 at a salary of $14 million annually, would make sense.
Ricky Rubio continues to prove himself to be quite the swell guy.
After the Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Denver Nuggets by the final of 112-99 on Wednesday, Andrew Wiggins revealed that Rubio let him take a technical free throw late in the fourth quarter in order to get to 40 points, per Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune.
Rubio leads the team with an 87.2 free throw percentage this season and is significantly better from the line than Wiggins, who is at 75.3 percent. But for a guy who is known as one of the most unselfish players in the NBA, did we really expect anything different?
With Rubio’s future in Minnesota once again in doubt ahead of the Feb. 23 trade deadline, it’s anecdotes like these that make you wonder if Rubio’s rapport with his teammates will be enough to keep him around a bit longer.
Stan Van Gundy thinks your trade rumors are a bunch of malarkey.
Speaking with reporters on Saturday, the Detroit Pistons head coach refuted reports of a supposed Reggie Jackson-Ricky Rubio swap with the Minnesota Timberwolves and said he texted Jackson an assurance that the trade will not be going through, per Jake Chapman of the team’s official website.
Van Gundy’s comments come just one day after Marc Stein and Chris Haynes of ESPN reported that the Pistons and the Timberwolves had engaged in discussions on the aforementioned deal.
Rubio appears to be a dead man walking in Minnesota, and Jackson is the better three-point shooter and close-range finisher of the two, so it’s easy to see where the Timberwolves are coming from on that front. But Jackson’s high-usage style likely wouldn’t mesh well with Minnesota’s core of scorers in Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine, and Karl-Anthony Towns. He has a bit of a reputation for selfishness as well, which might not be the best presence to have around all those young guys.
The irony here is that what both teams probably need is a better version of the point guard they already have. Rubio’s defense and facilitating skills (both weaknesses of Jackson’s) are enormously valuable to Minnesota, but his difficulties shooting the ball are tough to work around. Meanwhile, Detroit loves Jackson’s ability to score (something that Rubio does not possess), but his effort and efficiency leave a lot to be desired. The proposed swap doesn’t exactly solve the issue at hand for either team and might even open up a whole new set of problems. As such, it’s not surprising to see Van Gundy, who also has control over the Pistons roster as their president of basketball operations in addition to his head coaching duties, refute the rumors.
The Minnesota Timberwolves and point guard Ricky Rubio appear to be headed for an inevitable divorce.
Spanish reporter Antonio Martin Guirado caught up with Rubio Thursday on the campus of UCLA, where the Wolves were practicing ahead of their game against the Los Angeles Clippers that night. In their chat, Rubio didn’t shy away from the recent trade rumors surrounding him and seemed to fully support a move out of Minnesota.
“We are not where we want to be and some changes would be good,” declared Rubio, as translated by HoopsHype.
The Timberwolves were said to be “actively shopping” Rubio in trade talks earlier this week, something that it feels like they’ve been doing for the last few years now. Rubio, who has never made the playoffs in his six seasons with Minnesota, also expressed frustration a couple months ago with the team’s struggles and what he saw as their inability to learn.
At an ugly 14-28 on the year, the postseason is once again looking like a pipe dream for the Timberwolves. It doesn’t help either that they drafted Rubio’s presumed replacement in Kris Dunn at No. 5 overall last June.
But Rubio himself has looked great in the month of January with averages of 9.8 points, 10.6 assists, and 2.2 steals per game. And though he has some glaring warts on the offensive end, particularly when it comes to shooting and finishing, there are plenty of teams that would love to have the passing skill and the defensive activity that he can provide. Combine that with the timing of these latest comments from Rubio, and a trade out of Minnesota may be happening sooner rather than later.
The Minnesota Timberwolves reportedly are shopping Ricky Rubio in trade talks.
The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski says Minnesota has been shopping Rubio along with Shabazz Muhammad in multiple proposals. They reportedly are looking for a guard who can bridge the time between first-round pick Kris Dunn being ready to take over as the full-time starter.
There have been rumors that the Timberwolves might trade Rubio ever since they drafted Dunn at No. 5 overall. But the team hung onto him and their owner said the longtime Minnesota guard wasn’t going anywhere. Now it looks like the inevitable may finally be happening.
The Sacramento Kings are one team said to have interest in Rubio, who is signed through 2018-2019. He is making $13.4 million this season and is the team’s highest-paid player.
Rubio, 26, is averaging 7.6 points and 7.9 assists per game this season.