The Kevin Love trade that sent the All-Star Forward to the Cleveland Cavaliers has now put pressure on one specific Minnesota Timberwolves player for this upcoming season.
Ricky Rubio is in for a make-or-break year with the Wolves as he is a restricted free agent next summer and is trying to get a max contract from the Wolves this summer. Minnesota isn’t interested in paying Rubio right now and that’s leading to a dispute that could get resolved in the offseason.
According to Darren Wolfson from ESPN 1500, Rubio will almost certainly test free agency in 2015.
The situation is pointing toward Rubio being a restricted free agent next summer. In other words, the 2014-2015 season is huge for Rubio. He should improve his shooting under Flip and we know he has unbelievable athletes to cut to the hoop and catch alley-oop passes.
No matter who it happens, Rubio needs to have an impressive season this year if he wants to get anywhere near a max deal in 2015. Right now, he’s not worth it but if he puts together a season that reminds everyone of his promise, team could offer him a max deal in free agency in 2015, forcing the Wolves to match.
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