With Kevin Love out of the picture and in Cleveland, the face of the Minnesota Timberwolves has shifted to Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio. By Rubio being thrusted into this role, this puts a spotlight on the upcoming extension for the fourth year point guard, but it’s beginning to look like the sides won’t ever find middle ground.
In an question-and-answer interview with Sportando.com, Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500 revealed Ricky Rubio–or his agent–has denied to the want to sign a four-year deal wroth $43 million offered by the Timberwolves.
Rubio is on notice. The Wolves are trying to sign him to an extension, and so far his agent, Dan Fegan, is balking at the idea of a 4-year, $43 million deal. That’s plenty for a player of Rubio’s caliber. It’s a lot more than Atlanta point guard Jeff Teague makes — maybe a better player — and is what Golden State All-Star guard Stephen Curry makes. But Fegan is seeking the 5-year max. That’s not happening.
Unless Rubio makes leap that thrusts him into the upper echelon of point guards–the Curry’s, Westbrook’s, Wall’s, etc.–Rubio isn’t worth the max contract. It’s unclear if Rubio himself sees himself as a max dollar guard, but his agent Dan Fegan certainly does.
If Rubio can find a way to improve his offense on the fly–mainly his outside shot and inside layups–then he’d be worth the $43 million offer and maybe a bit more. In fact, it wouldn’t be shameful for Minnesota to pay Rubio a bit more than he’s worth as these rookie contract extensions are often based on potential.
But as Wolfson pointed out, it doesn’t look like these two sides will find a way to an agreement prior to the October deadline. Worst-case scenario, they reach restricted free agency and an outside team offer Rubio the max, forcing Minnesota to match. Considering Eric Bledsoe hasn’t found a max contract suitor, this could coerce the Timberwolves into letting things play out here.
Hopefully, things are handled with Rubio in a better manner than the Wolves did things with Love a few years back.