2011 NBA Mock Draft: How Does Ricky Rubio Affect the Timberwolves' Draft Plans?
If the Cleveland Cavaliers opt to grab Arizona phenom Derrick Williams with the No. 1 pick, surely, the Minnesota TImberwolves have to take Kyrie Irving at No. 2 in spite of a glut of players at the point guard position. So where does that leave Ricky Rubio?
The Spanish point guard dazzled in the 2008 Olympics as he led Spain to a silver medal in men’s basketball. As a result, he attracted heavy attention from NBA front offices and Minnesota selected Rubio at No. 5 in the 2009 draft.
But complications with Rubio’s buyout from then-team DKV Joventut hamstrung Minnesota’s efforts to bring Rubio to the Twin Cities. There have been positive strides from the Rubio camp to bring him to Minnesota, but what if the Timberwolves are presented with an opportunity they can’t refuse and the talented Irving is still available at No. 2?
Have the headaches Rubio’s given Minnesota enough that the Timberwolves would simply sever the tie and trade Rubio’s rights elsewhere? Or does it appear that Rubio could soon be landing in Minnesota and it would do the unfathomable and pass on Irving at No. 2 if he’s available and grab, say, Enes Kanter?
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