Rubio, Kings focus of churning rumor mill

Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio could land with a new team soon.

Despite the efforts of the Sacramento Kings, and perhaps a few others, the Minnesota Timberwolves are holding on to Ricky Rubio — for now.

That’s the latest from Yahoo Sports, which wrote it’s only a matter of time until rookie Kris Dunn snatches the Wolves’ starting point guard spot from Rubio.

Per Yahoo:

The Kings have maintained a consistent interest in Rubio for months, although it’s unclear whether Sacramento has the makings of a trade package that would appeal to the Timberwolves. Sacramento has been determined to find a young point guard to run its team.

That’s not all. According to Yahoo, the Kings had been “seriously engaged  with Oklahoma City on a Rudy Gay deal that would have included the Thunder’s second-year point guard, Cameron Payne, but those talks stalled after Payne broke his foot in September, league sources said.”

On top of all that, Yahoo reported New Orleans and Philadelphia have expressed interest in yet another Wolves point guard, second-year man Tyus Jones.

The NBA season is but a week away and some insiders are again beginning to show off their well-connected chops. For some fans, this is the best time of year. For guys like Rubio, maybe not so much.