NBA Trade Scenarios: How the Ricky Rubio Injury Changes Minnesota's Trade Plans

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NBA Trade Scenarios: How the Ricky Rubio Injury Changes Minnesota's Trade Plans
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With star rookie Ricky Rubio out for the season thanks to an untimely torn ACL, the Minnesota Timberwolves have only a few days to determine how they'll make due in his absence.

The Timberwolves may not be in as much trouble as they appear at first glance, but optimism alone is little consolation to fans looking for their team to make the playoffs for the first time since 2004.

Minnesota's playoff chances have always been a bit of a long shot. Currently, the team is a game-and-a half out of the eighth seed and has stiff competition from other hopefuls like Portland, Phoenix and Utah (not to mention the teams currently seeded one through eight). The Western Conference is deep, and while Minnesota's future is unquestionably bright, there are huge questions about where this team is right now.

Nevertheless, the Timberwolves have looked like a playoff team at times, and it would be premature to write this club off—even without Rubio. 

Here are four options the Timberwolves have going forward.

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