TFD: Don't forget to thank Washington for Ricky Rubio when you watch the Wolves tonight

  • Blog Post by: Michael Rand
  • November 19, 2013 - 5:08 PM

If you choose to watch the Wolves/Wizards game tonight -- and there are several options, including watching the Wild, going to the Gophers men's basketball game or sitting quietly in a dark room waiting for sleep's sweet embrace -- please remember the tangled web of a trade just before the 2009 NBA draft.

The Wolves and then-new boss David Kahn dealt Randy Foye and Mike Miller to the Wizards, then coached by Flip Saunders, for the No. 5 pick in the draft.

Shortly thereafter, the Wolves converted that pick into Ricky Rubio. It probably remained the highlight of the Kahn era until he was relieved of his duties four years later.

Saunders and the Wizards thought Foye and Miller would be nice veteran pieces on a potential playoff team. Instead, Gilbert Arenas started playing with guns and the whole season went downhill. The Wizards won just 26 games; Foye and Miller made minimal impacts and were both gone after just one season in Washington.

Rubio, of course, is now the Wolves' starting point guard -- hoping to help Saunders, now the Wolves GM, and the rest of the organization make it back to the playoffs for the first time in a decade.

Please remember all this as you watch tonight.

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