Now that the Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to deal star power forward Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers, they are going to have to address the future of point guard Ricky Rubio, who is said to be seeking a max contract.
The Timberwolves are hoping Rubio will step up in Love’s absence and are reportedly willing to extend him but don’t want to go beyond the deal the Golden State Warriors gave guard Stephen Curry (four years, $48 million).
Charlie Adams of Hoops Rumors believes the Timberwolves could have trouble making a decision on Rubio.
Unfortunately for Timberwolves fans, the now-dismissed Kahn’s decision backfired, as Minnesota is set to trade away the disgruntled Love, and whether or not Rubio has the track record to warrant a maximum deal likely worth more than $84MM remains highly questionable…
…Minnesota is open to giving Rubio a deal similar to the four-year, $44MM pact that Stephen Curry signed in 2012, but his agent’s desire for max money has the potential to keep the two sides from agreeing to any sort of extension. Chuck Myron of Hoops Rumors predicted that there wouldn’t be a compromise between the Wolves and Rubio’s camp and that the Spanish point guard will probably hit restricted free agency next summer as a result.
Rubio was originally selected by the Timberwolves with the fifth-overall selection in the first round of the 2009 NBA Draft.He began his NBA career with the Timberwolves in 2011. Rubio put up 9.5 points, 8.6 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game while shooting 38.1% from the floor, 33.1% from beyond the arc and 80.2% from the free throw line last season. In his career, he’s averaged 10.1 points, 8.1 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game while shooting 36.8% from the floor, 32.3% from three and 80.1% from the charity stripe.
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