The Minnesota Timberwolves have a new point guard: 20-year-old Spaniard Ricky Rubio.
Since learning that Rubio was leaving Europe to join their 17-win squad, the Timberwolves have begun exploring trade scenarios that would make his transition to the NBA easier.
Olympic teammate Pau Gasol has been rumored to be of interest to Minnesota, as has two-time MVP point guard Steve Nash. Gasol would help Rubio get adjusted to life in the United States, while Nash would be an ideal tutor to the young point guard who could eventually mimic his style.
While acquiring either player would be a noble attempt to help develop Rubio, the Timberwolves are dancing with jeopardizing their future in order to do so.
Giving up Kevin Love, Michael Beasley or the second overall draft pick for rental players is not the answer. Minnesota needs to be wary of putting all its eggs in one basket. Just ask the Cleveland Cavaliers how that worked out for them.
The Timberwolves aren’t going to make the playoffs anytime soon, so trading young talent for a veteran doesn’t make much sense. By the time either Gasol or Nash is gone and Rubio has matured, Minnesota will still need players around him.
If Rubio is as good as the Timberwolves are marketing him to be, then he should be able to develop on his own, without needing the help of Gasol or Nash. Gasol did it on his own. So did Dirk Nowitzki.
Sit tight, Minnesota, and let Rubio, Love, Beasley and the second overall pick grow up together. Trading any one of those guys should be the last thing you want to do.