Ricky Rubio Should Provide a Return On The Timberwolves Investment

Kwame Fisher-Jones@@joneskwameContributor IIIJune 29, 2009

BEIJING - AUGUST 24:  Ricky Rubio #6 of Spain moves against the defense of Chris Bosh #12 of the United States in the gold medal game during Day 16 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at the Beijing Olympic Basketball Gymnasium on August 24, 2008 in Beijing, China.  (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

The census on draft night was that the Timberwolves made a monumental mistake when they selected Ricky Rubio and Jonny Flynn back to back in the 2009 NBA draft. Then you add the comments made by Timberwolves General Manager David Kahn and you tend to believe this dude is really buggin. However, after further assestment Kahn was shrewd in his selection of Pretty Ricky and ingenious in campaigning that Wolves love this guy and they plan on waiting for him. When actually they do not expect him to ever play in a Wolves uniform.

By selecting Rubio the Wolves gave themselves a bargaining chip and by selecting Flynn they now have their starting point guard. Pretty Ricky almost threw a monkey wrench in the whole operation by stating he plans on staying overseas, but I venture to believe that once Kahn and Rubio sit down the Spaniard will change his tune. This will give the Wolves an opportunity to field the best offer, and sorry Joe from Queens the best offer will not be to the Knicks.

Minnesota has a two interchangeable players in Al Jefferson and Kevin Love. They have their 2007 first round pick Corey Brewer coming back from a knee injury and first round pick Flynn. So where is their a gaping hole..........survey says small forward. Now where can the Timberwolves find a young small forward who could play with this current squad and be successful. This person would have to be young so they could promote him as the cornerstone to their franchise. This person would have to not be happy in their current situation, but unable to do anything immediately about it. This person would have to play for a team that would think highly of Pretty Ricky and be willing to trade their star for someone they think could/would be an NBA force.

Who could this be? What player fits this criteria? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm... that's right ladies and gents, Chris Bosh. Before you tell me I am crazy and suggest I am on that stuff give, me your ear. 1) Bosh has been on record as saying he plans on opting out of his contract at the end of next season. 2) Chris has been on record as saying get me the hell out of Toronto. 3) Raptors General Manager Brian Colangelo has said publicly he wants to keep Bosh, but privately he would like nothing more then to be done with this soap opera. Colangelo, who has an infatuation with European players, would listen to an offer that included Rubio. 4) The Raptors are in a bad place, if Bosh leaves they have no legit NBA star to sell to their fans and if Bosh stays who is to say they will be any better then sixth or seventh in the east. They tried to build around Bosh last year and they wound up firing Head Coach Sam Mitchell and trading for cap relief.

A trade for Rubio buys Colangelo time. Time to sell Toronto as Rubio and Andrea Bargnani's team. It would also provide them with some cap relief to add players who want to play in Canada. Lastly it removes a player who does not want to be their and to be honest has not taken the Raptors anywhere.

Back to Sota, there will be apprehension from Kahn because Bosh could walk after next year and they would be left with nothing to show for drafting Rubio. That would appear to be the case on the surface, yet losing Bosh would create cap space and enable Sota to still go out sign some quality players.

That would be the case if Bosh left, what would be the case if he stayed. Outside of the Trailblazers and Nuggets there is no team in the Western Conference built to contend for a title in the next two years. A team that sports a starting five of Bosh, Love, Jefferson, Brewer, and Flynn would have to be considered a title contender at best and a perennial playoff team at worst in two years. Kahn could sell Bosh on playing with a complete team in a conference that would be wide open. 

By drafting Rubio Minnesota gave itself a plethora of options and by being coy they also have maintained his value. Depending on how Kahn plays this he could be the next Jerry West or the next Kevin Mchale.