I read yesterday the New York Daily News story about Ricky Rubio and a potential trade (along with a host of other trade chatter as the NBA’s deadline approaches Thursday). The upshot:
Zach LaVine was nothing short of spectacular in winning his second straight Slam Dunk contest Saturday and by the end of this week he may win something else; the starting point guard job for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Incumbent Ricky Rubio is readily available and the feeling is that the Spanish guard could be moved prior to Thursday’s NBA trade deadline.
On Monday, you could find a whole host of other pieces about a possible Rubio trade. But you’d be hard-pressed to find one that didn’t link back to the NYDN piece (which was pretty thin to begin with, though it wasn’t presenting itself as anything definitive).
NBC Sports? Yep.
CBS Sports? Yep.
SB Nation? Yep.
That doesn’t mean it won’t happen. That doesn’t mean there isn’t a discussion to be had about the merits of dealing Rubio, who is 25 years old, under contract for three more years after this and whose skill set at as a guy who can do just about everything but shoot and score — which are two very important things — creates divergent opinions about his worth and place on the Wolves going forward.
But if you’re thinking to yourself, “Wow, there’s a lot of Ricky Rubio trade talk out there …” nope. It’s just the endless loop of the Internet, leading you back to the same place.
All I know for sure is this: Rubio’s bobblehead night Saturday would be pretty awkward.