The Minnesota Timberwolves have a pretty massive decision on their hands this offseason as they’ll need to start re-negogiating the contract of point guard Ricky Rubio. While it at one point in time looked like he was in for a nice deal, his play these past two seasons have turned the Wolves off significantly and while he’s still an obvious asset, he’s not as valuable as he used to be.
According to the Star Tribune, the Wolves will be looking at a contract in the neighborhood of less than what Ty Lawson and Seth Curry made on their recent contracts.
Look for the Wolves to position themselves offering something less than the four-year, $44 million deal Stephen Curry signed or certainly the four-year, $48 million contract Ty Lawson received.
Both sides want a deal done, but the disparity between what each thinks Rubio is worth could create a situation similar to those involving Utah’s Gordon Hayward, Phoenix’s Eric Bledsoe and Detroit’s Greg Monroe.
This is a sticky situation for the Wolves as they didn’t give Kevin Love a max contract a few years ago because many believed they were shelving it for Rubio. Now that Rubio has vastly underwhelmed, this offseason could be on where the last mistakes made by the previous regime ruin the Wolves for years to come.