Christian Petersen/Getty Images
A number of pundits have already suggested that the Timberwolves would be wise to stand pat. At the very least, this organization shouldn't do anything that jeopardizes its long-term prospects.
After all, this is a team built around Kevin Love, Derrick Williams and Rubio. The oldest—Love—is only 23.
Minnesota also had a deep backcourt to begin with. Luke Ridnour has started nearly all of the Timberwolves' games this year, and while he doesn't have Rubio's sensational passing ability, he is a natural point guard. On the season, Ridnour is averaging 11.5 points and 3.8 assists. With Rubio out, he's likely to become more of a facilitator and could rediscover the kind of production he exhibited earlier in his career with the Seattle Sonics.
Additionally, J.J. Barea will soon return, giving the Timberwolves a dynamic point guard with valuable playoff experience.
While Ridnour and Barea are serviceable options at the point, fears persist that Minnesota will dearly miss Rubio's uncanny ability to make all those around him better. However, the Timberwolves were already the sixth worst team in the league at getting their baskets via assists—a trend that's bound to continue with the likes of Michael Beasley on board. Even without Rubio, that trajectory can't get much worse.
Adelman can make adjustments and utilize this team's relatively deep stable of talent. In Minnesota's first game without Rubio, guard Wayne Ellington played almost 26 minutes off the bench and scored 12 points. Ridnour logged almost 43 minutes and had 14 points and 10 assists to show for it.
Until Martell Webster and Wes Johnson find better consistency, Timberwolves' fans will be in store for some disappointment. This team's youth is exponentially more glaring without Rubio running the show. But, teams do adapt, and Minnesota's front court is increasingly one of the best in the league.
There are worst things than staying the course.