Although all of the talk around the Minnesota Timberwolves surrounds the future of star power forward Kevin Love, the Timberwolves can begin talking about a contract extension with another important piece of their team in the offseason.
On July 1, the Timberwolves can begin to work on an extension for point guard Ricky Rubio.
However, the discussions may not go very well.
According to Jerry Zgoda of The Star Tribune, Rubio may be pushing for a bigger deal than the four-year, $44 million deal Golden State Warriors’ star Stephen Curry recently received.
Expect Rubio’s side to push for a contract closer to a maximum salary than the four-year, $44 million extension Golden State’s Stephen Curry received, which the Wolves just might view as beyond their limits.
“No, it’s something I’m not worried about,” Rubio said Wednesday. “It’s something my agent is going to talk with Flip. It’s something I don’t have to be worried. I just worry about playing. I just want to have it being on a team that’s winning and I think this team is growing up and we can do it and I want to play in a playoff, you know?”
That’s nice, but Curry is one of the game’s elite scorers and arguably the best shooter in the NBA. Rubio is far from the same caliber of player.
Rubio averaged 9.5 points, 8.6 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game this season.