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The New York Knicks and Minnesota Timberwolves discussed a trade centered on point guard Ricky Rubio in February and may be ready to do it again.
At least, that’s the word from multiple reports, which say the Timberwolves and Rubio are ready to part ways.
Per Basketball Insiders:
The worst-kept secret in the NBA is that the Timberwolves are ready to move on from guard Ricky Rubio, and it seems that Rubio may feel the same way. The Wolves entertained a few things last summer involving Rubio and revisited his trade value at the trade deadline back in February. The problem with moving Rubio around the draft is that he counts $13.5 million against the cap in trade at the draft. That number increases to $14.25 million in July, but some teams would have cap space to offset that number. Rubio has one more season after next on his deal, making the remaining debt to Rubio two years and roughly $29 million.
Rubio, 26, averaged 11.1 points and 9.1 assists this past season.
Of course, there’s also been plenty of talk surrounding the Knicks and Carmelo Anthony, as the Knicks appear to be looking to move on and Anthony might be doing the same.
Also from Basketball Insiders:
Sources near the Knicks situation said it’s also possible the team looks to Rubio as the immediate answer at point guard and swings for the fences in the draft targeting a huge upside player like Jonathan Isaac, especially as the Knicks try to move on from Carmelo Anthony this summer.
Stay tuned, as the Knicks, Rubio, Anthony and Timberwolves are all apparently looking to change things up before the start of next season.