NBA News and Rumors: Why Ricky Rubio Should Go To Dallas
Ricky Rubio was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2009 but is yet to play a game for the organization.
Mark Cuban has recently expressed interest in taking Rubio off of the Timberwolves hands and trading for him to go to Dallas.
The NBA trade deadline already passed this year, but a trade in the offseason could benefit both parties.
Whether the Timberwolves would be willing to send Rubio is a question for another day. This slide show focuses on why Rubio should pack his bags and head to Dallas.
Feel free to comment below with your own feelings about the situation.
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You would be hard-pressed to find a player who would not want to play for owner Mark Cuban.
Cuban is the ultimate player's owner in that he cares a lot more about how the team does than the financial impact.
If anyone could convince Rubio to come to the United States to play professional basketball it would be Mark Cuban.
Rubio has got to feel good about what Cuban said about him, and this sweet talking now may pay off in the offseason.
Dallas Is Warmer That Minnesota
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Besides the fact that Minnesota is one of the worst teams in the league, it is also one of the least desirable places to be over the winter.
Rubio decided he would much rather play in nice Barcelona than be stuck under feet of snow in Minnesota.
Dallas is obviously a beautiful alternative to Minnesota, where the winters are usually mild and often warm.
Many believe that Rubio wants to play for an East Coast team, but he may find Dallas to be a perfect alternative.
Texas is growing as a state anyway and may be more like the East Coast before we know it.
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The heart and soul of the Dallas Mavericks is Dirk Nowitzki. As a fellow European playing in the NBA, Nowitzki and Rubio could bond over the things they miss from back home.
On the court this could be a lethal matchup, with Rubio on the outside and Nowitzki on the inside.
Nowitzki is one of the best players in the league, and for Rubio to have an opportunity to play with him would be huge.
Also I was not joking about the European thing. I honestly think that could be a big selling point for Rubio.
The Mavs Are Good
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Right now the Mavericks are the second-best team in the West behind their in-state rival San Antonio Spurs.
Many think the Mavs could represent the West in the finals this year, and this may be their best chance of bringing home a championship to Dallas.
Rubio may not have wanted to play for the Minnesota Timberwolves because they lack talent, which is true as they are currently 16-50 and second to last in the West.
The Mavericks are the total opposite of the Timberwolves, and if Rubio really wants to play for a contender, being traded to Dallas would be a best case scenario for him.
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Rubio could not ask for a better mentor than Jason Kidd.
Kidd is nearing the end of his career and would probably do a lot more to help Rubio by teaching him than to hurt him by taking away playing time.
It seems likely that Jason Kidd is headed for the Hall of Fame, and he always seemed to be open to helping out younger players like Rubio.
In Minnesota, Rubio would be stuck behind a younger guard in Jonny Flynn, but in Dallas, he would have someone to learn from.