Ricky Rubio has reportedly agreed to sign with Minnesota, but the Timberwolves should consider trading him.
David Kahn loves Rubio, and although many fans ultimately wanted to trade his rights, it is likely he will stay in Minnesota for the foreseeable future. Still, if Rubio's value is still high, it might be in the Timberwolves' best interest to trade him.
There is a very good young crop of point guards in the NBA, and it seems that many teams are trying to build around a young lead guard.
The Timberwolves, however, might need to win right now. Kahn could be out of a job if Minnesota struggles again next season, especially if Rubio does not live up to expectations.
At this point, Rubio is a pretty big risk. He has played poorly overseas during the last two seasons, and is now expected to be a leader of an NBA franchise. That is a pretty big load to put on a 20-year-old's shoulders.
So, if Kahn wants to save his job, and if Rubio still has somewhat high trade value around the league, they should trade the Spaniard.
Despite the run on young point guards, teams around the league have proven that it is possible to win with a veteran running the show. The perfect example is the Portland Trail Blazers, who have Andre Miller playing the point at 35.
Minnesota's roster may be significantly worse than Portland's. Yet, Miller is undervalued; he provides stability and court vision that is hard to find around the league.
If the 'Wolves could acquire a Miller-like point guard and another solid starter in return for Rubio and other players that are not in their long-term plans, there is little reason to keep him.
The New York Knicks could be a viable trading partner. A return to Minnesota for Chauncey Billups would definitely excite fans.
New York showed early interest in Rubio when the Timberwolves drafted him. If they still have this interest, a trade could work between these two teams. It may be a little bit difficult to work out, however, due to New York's lack of first round picks in the coming years that could be sent to Minnesota in a trade.
One more intensely discussed option is the Phoenix Suns. Kahn has already shown interest in Steve Nash. If the Suns see Rubio as a future franchise point guard that has been compared to their current one, they could send Nash and a future first rounder to Minnesota for Rubio and other players.
If his value is still high, should the Timberwolves trade Rubio?
Rubio's value has undoubtedly dropped a bit from the day he was drafted. He is two years older, and has received negative reviews from scouts over the last two years.
He may turn out to be the star point guard that Kahn thinks he will be.
He may turn out to be a major bust that ultimately ruins Kahn's career.
To keep Rubio, or not to keep Rubio. The answer to this may decide the fate of the next decade for this franchise.
If the right opportunity presents itself, the Timberwolves should trade Rubio.