NBA Rumors: Ricky Rubio Could Soon Be Open To Trade

Nicholas Sciria

With the Minnesota Timberwolves on the rise with several potential stars on the team, it is odd to think that Ricky Rubio may soon demand a trade to a new team. Although the Timberwolves won only 29 games last season, Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns, Zach LaVine, and Rubio have formed a strong young nucleus in Minnesota. Furthermore, the team owns the No. 5 pick in the NBA Draft this offseason and will look to add another prospect to their budding squad. Still, Rubio may be becoming more and more discontent as the Timberwolves continue to miss out on the playoffs and have gone through yet another coaching change this summer.

"Next season is key. It's a key season because the truth is that I've been five years in the NBA and six years without playoffs would be a long time. Well, I would be 26 years old and I would have to start thinking about being on a team that can get in the playoffs and can win."

He tallied 20.6 points and 11.7 rebounds per 36 minutes, an impressive feat for any player in the league. With the help of Towns, Rubio was able to average 10.2 assists per 36 minutes this past season, the highest of his five-year career thus far in the NBA. Towns' ability to finish will only continue to boost Rubio's assist numbers, as the rookie shot an impressive 70.1 percent from inside three feet, per Basketball-Reference.

Despite Rubio's improvement and his chemistry with Towns, this is not the first time Rubio's name has been brought up in trade discussions. Earlier in the season, Rubio talked about a conversation he had with Minnesota's general manager Milt Newton. According to the Associated Press, Rubio discussed his thoughts on nearly being traded to the Milwaukee Bucks during this past season.

"When the GM comes to you and says that's what happened, it hurts, but you've got to be professional. You've been here all your career and thinking they were supporting you. At some point, they weren't. But I'm professional. I'm going to give it my all. I love playing basketball and every time I step on the court I want to win."

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