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Ricky Rubio Headed to Minnesota, What Do the Timberwolves Do Now?

NEW YORK - JUNE 25:  NBA Commissioner David Stern poses for a photograph with the fifth overall draft pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves,  Ricky Rubio during the 2009 NBA Draft at the Wamu Theatre at Madison Square Garden June 25, 2009 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Casey CrailCorrespondent IJune 2, 2011

Late last night it was announced that Ricky Rubio would be joining the Minnesota Timberwolves next season.

Rubio, the Wolves fifth overall pick in the 2009 draft, did not seem excited to come to a cold city with a small market team and minimal potential.

Though Minnesota finished with the worse regular season record, Kevin Love and Michael Beasley both had career seasons.

Jonny Flynn, the Wolves sixth overall pick in the 2009 draft, had a disappointing sophomore season after a decent rookie campaign.

Flynn, a point guard like Rubio, will likely be on the trade block now.

Toronto could be a potential destination as the Raptors are looking to move Jose Calderon's contract.

Also, a dark horse candidate for Flynn could be the Los Angeles Lakers. If the Lakers have done their homework on Flynn and think he could be a starting point guard with a better cast, they could pull the trigger.

With the second and 20th overall picks in the upcoming NBA Draft, any speculation of the Wolves drafting a point guard can be put to rest.

Instead, it seems most likely for Minnesota to take Arizona's Derrick Williams at No. 2, and perhaps Providence's Marshon Brooks at No. 20.

Williams is not a great fit as his game is compared to Beasley's.

The roster would be filled with forwards if no deals were made. Beasley, Williams, Wes Johnson, Anthony Randolph and Kevin Love would all be competing for minutes.

A more logical selection would be Kentucky's Enes Kanter.

Kanter is a center which is actually a position of need as Darko Milicic and Nikola Pekovic are not going to be All-Stars in their careers.

There is speculation of a trade down to select Kanter, but at this time it does not appear they will make one.

Perhaps Minnesota and Toronto could make a trade that would send Flynn and the second overall pick to the Raptors.

Andrea Bargnani, DeMar DeRozan and the fifth overall selection would each be of interest to David Kahn.

With a relatively weak free-agency class this summer, the Wolves may not make a big splash despite decent cap room.

Jason Richardson will be a name to listen to as he will likely be linked to Minnesota this summer.

With Rubio finally coming over, and Kahn potentially bringing in veteran assets with Jonny Flynn or the second overall pick, the Wolves seem to be in the closest thing to a decent position since Kevin Garnett was traded.

With a few good selections, trades or signings, this Timberwolves team might just not finish with the worse record in the league next year.

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