Ricky Rubio was the top player on the Timberwolves boards and an awesome value at #5... sounds like a perfect fit for a team in desperate need of PG help and a potential star right? Well, things were a little trickier then they appear and David Kahn realized that. He knew Rubio was being very selective with the teams he wanted to go to and he also knew slipping to #5 hit Rubio in the pocket hurting his abiliity to pay his large contract buyout. So Kahn knew Rubio would probably have some level of distaste going to a team in a complete rebuilding stage, far away from large media exposure, and to a city in which the weather isn't ideal for vacationing to say the least. Still as a GM you would be a complete and utter idiot if you passed on the top player on your board, after he fell into your laps. Kahn new the ramifiacations of drafting Rubio that he may demand to be traded or that he may to threaten to stay in Europe. IMO Kahn decided to throw a counter punch by selecting a PG in Johnny Flynn that could help the team immediately in case Rubio's camp decided it was best to remain in Europe. Forget the talk about the talk about Rubio and Flynn playing the floor together... that was just GM talk for we are really high on both of these players... lets see what happens. In the mean time Rubio will probably opt to finish his contract in Europe while Flynn is groomed in live NBA action. Kahn will make the moves needed to make the team more appealing to Rubio through free agency and next years draft ( which they could have many as three picks again ). Both Rubio and Flynns value should go up as they continue to develop and either could be valuable bargaining chips a year or two from now when Minnesota finally develops an identity and chooses the guard they want to keep.
I saw that on ESPN too...
Umm i think that is the far fetched version.
Kahn is playing one hell of a smart game and everyone is just caught in the moment not to realize this. He takes Rubio and Flynn. He 100% sure is not really planning on playing both of them, so what he does is tell everyone i really like both and i think they can play together. This way When Knicks and every other team comes knocking they will have to throw the kitchen sink at Minny just to get them to give up one or the other. He never planned to keep both but Damn he is smart, everyone will want Rubio after this.
I like the move. Minnesota gained two great assets and now they can use them anytime they want as bargaining chips. They would be wise to trade rubio though because they could get a top pick next year as well and a player they need now. Flynn is a New York guy that can deal with this weather.
I think Khan did the smart move. Who's to say that Rubio will be better than Flynn, vice versa? One of them is going to be a star but which one? Flynn can help out now and if Rubio becomes what everone thinks he will become, then they have trading power to upgrade at other positions. Mchale would have never been this smart to think of something like this. If it was Mchale, he might have draft Rubio and traded for like Holiday.
this move can definitely backfire in the timberwolves' face a la fran vasquez did to the magic a few years back or frederic weis did to the knicks. it's already being reported rubio is talking about staying in spain. so, you let flynn grow and prosper and rubio then has no desire to play second fiddle to flynn. rubio, then has the option to stay in europe and make way more money than he would under his rookie contract, which could force the t-wolves to trade for anything just to save face of wasting a lottery pick. and it is going to be difficult for any team to "throw the kitchen sink" for rubio based merely on the fact that in 2 years, minnesota won't have any bad matching contracts to take good players with. i'd imagine in 2 years, their big contracts will be al jefferson and kevin love and a good free agent.
I don't think Rubio is making more money in Europe, he only gets paid 120,000 next year, whereas if he comes to the NBA under the rookie salary scale he makes somewhere around 4 million a season. That's why he's suing his team over his buyout because it's disproportionate to his salary. I think he burned his Europe bridge after he sued his team. How awkward would it be for a player to come back to play for a team he has a pending lawsuit against? Not to mention if the coach and owner will even want him back after the lawsuit. He will probably have to stay in the NBA and deal with his situation and make the most of it.
I don't think Rubio will deal with Minnesota, he seems to much of a cry baby.
If Rubio went 3 or 4, he would not be talking spain.
Regardless if he went as the first pick or the 30th pick he would still make more money in the NBA than Europe next year, assuming the buyout gets reduced. He can't afford to leave all that money on the table and play in Europe.
Smokescreens from all sides!
Kahn picked Rubio as a trading asset but of course they now have to pretend that Rubio is the player they want, that they are gonna play with a Rubio-Flynn backcourt and all that stuff.
Also Rubio is mostly just putting pressure on the Twolves to trade him, as someone has already posted, the relationship to his team is pretty strained and going back is definietly not something he would be looking forward.
And of course the Knicks now pretend that they are not interested in Rubio blabla.
Rubio is gonna play in the NBA next season but not for the Twolves.
I think he's gay. Naw but seriously, why does he complain about everything? I dont want to play in Memphis, Minnesota or Sacramento? Why cant these players play??? You might not even be a good player!! These international players trying to choose where they want to play need to go back to where they came from honestly
how about outlaw, bayless, and a draft pick to the wolves for rubio? hed probably be happy playing in portland with fernandez.
Kahn is genious.
Kahn traded Foye and Miller to get the #5 pick and give this "rebuilding team" 2 starting roster spots to fill. He knew none of the teams higher were going to deal with the potential mess of Rubio. However, he also knows Rubio is a huge asset. Kahn takes the #5 (higher salary) and positions to the Rubio camp he is doing him a favor to help with the buyout. **We understand the situation he is in and want to help**. He knows how much Rubio wants to play in the NBA. He has been in the Spain league for 4 years! He follows with the Flynn pick, we now have dynamic pg.. we don't "need" Rubio right away. And... Curry would be an experiment at pg + we would take Curry for his shooting capabilities. Why do that when Kahn sealed draft with what some analysts say is as good of shooter in Ellington. He came from a tougher conference and has more size. Not to mention he is a national champion. We got our pg in Flynn and sg in Ellington. We will make room for Rubio. He will get all the time he wants if he plays for us. Otherwise, he can play a year or 2 in Spain. We got all the time in the world.
The problem is, you don't have all the time in the world. When the Wolves are getting killed all year the fans are going to demand more, so a year or 2 in Spain from Rubio will not help. Pressure will come on management and they will say they screwed things up, so for the gm and coach their is very little time to play the guessing game with Rubio. Trade him, you have a future at pg with Flynn, you got Ellington who could be a starter, trade Rubio for a wing and hope to shore up the team a little bit. If not, you can get a great player next year in what should be a very deep class.