Ricky Rubio is in the center of another trade rumor.
The NBA rumor mill is doing overtime as we are closing in on the NBA Draft. Ricky Rubio’s name has been going through the mill for a while this offseason and on Wednesday a new rumor relating to Ricky Rubio came out of all that churning.
ESPN’s Tim MacMahon reports that the Minnesota Timberwolves and Dallas Mavericks had a discussion relating to Rubio. MacMahon reports that the deal had the Wolves sending Rubio and the seventh overall pick to the Mavericks for Wesley Matthews and the ninth overall pick.
It doesn’t look like the deal will be going down. MacMahon’s source says the talks are ‘dead’ and that the Mavericks feel no need to move up in the draft from their current number nine slot.
To the best of my memory, Rubio this offseason has been linked to the New York Knicks in a potential deal somehow possibly involving fellow point guard Derrick Rose and also as a potential piece in the never-ending rumor that the Timberwolves are going to try to pry Jimmy Butler away from the Chicago Bulls.
Rubio has been rumored to be on the outs in Minnesota even before he came over from Spain. Now with the Wolves having point guards Kris Dunn and Tyus Jones on the roster, the steam keeps building that Rubio might be the odd man out in the point guard mix for the Tom Thibodeau led Timberwolves.
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Even though the talks are ‘dead’, the thought of adding Matthews to the Timberwolves squad is an intriguing one.
Matthews would add some veteran leadership to a team that is full of talented but young players. The eight year NBA veteran has also shot a whole lot of three pointers and someone who can actually hit a deep shot in a game is needed by the Wolves. Matthews for his career averages 15.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists per 36 minutes. This last season, Matthews averaged 14.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists per 36 minutes.
Even though the deal might be ‘dead’, the Timberwolves world will still be crazy on Thursday with the NBA Draft. The Draft may result in a bunch of trades across the league. Keep it here on Sporting Sota for all that craziness.
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