NBA Trade Rumors: 10 Teams Ricky Rubio Might Play for Instead of Timberwolves

Timber WolfAnalyst IIJanuary 31, 2011

Ten Trade Destinations That Minnesota Timberwolves Pick Ricky Rubio Could End Up

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    MADRID, SPAIN - AUGUST 22:  Ricky Rubio of Spain watches on during a friendly basketball game between Spain and the USA at La Caja Magica on August 22, 2010 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
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    Once again, we have some content based on Ricky Rubio. The young spanish prospect widely known for his jaw dropping dazzling passes is currently playing overseas developing for his tenure with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Rubio is a fine prospect that has shown many flashes of all-star potential if he so happens to make the jump to the NBA.

    However, because of various reasons the media will refuse to believe that Ricky Rubio will ever end up in a Timberwolves uniform. GM David Kahn has addressed this many times, and has said things like "absolutely", "no doubt", "100% certain" when it comes to Ricky Rubio making his way to the NBA and ultimately playing in a Wolves uniform.

    Be that as it may, there's no guarantee's until he laces up and he could be traded to any team in the NBA as I'm pretty sure any team would love to have a 20 year old spanish phenom to hopefully help their franchise in a big way.

    Because we have seen various rumors about Ricky Rubio regarding the market he plays in, we will disregard those reasons, and focus on trade destinations that would make complete sense for the franchise that Rubio is traded too.

    Here we go

The Brooklyn Nets: Spanish Flavor Globetrotter Style

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 14:  Brook Lopez #11 of the New Jersey Nets drives against Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on January 14, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers won 100-88.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledge
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    The way I see it, the Nets are going to end up with Carmelo Anthony, or they are going to seriously have to make a move in the next year for a big time star. If they cannot make a move for Melo or another superstar, I would fully expect them to make a move for Rubio.

    First, it's the market that Rubio wants, the big apple, New York City. New York, Brooklyn and all the cities of New York are extremely cultivated, full of city life and swagger, and Rubio would be gladly accepted there. 2nd, the Brooklyn Net's owner has an infatuation with overseas talents, who better to really jump start your franchise with in Brooklyn other than Ricky Rubio?

    3rd, Rubio would more than likely take Devin Harris' starting role. He would have some nice young talent to work with, especially that of Derrick Favors. The two would be magnificent on the pick and roll, and Brook Lopez who could seriously elevate Rubio's play with his midrange finesse.

Cleveland Cavaliers: We Are All Witnesses Once Again

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    CLEVELAND - MAY 01:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrates with J.J. Hickson #21 and Antawn Jamison #4 after beating the Boston Celtics 101-93 in Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans
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    While I just have no idea what the Cavaliers could offer the Wolves other than their lottery pick and Anderson Varejao, Ricky Rubio would be a tremendous fit to the Cavaliers organization. A lot of pressure would ride on his shoulders, and he wouldn't have a whole lot of talent to work with, but with head coach Byron Scott getting a true blue distributor, there's no doubt in my mind that Rubio can make an all star out of a teammate like J.J Hickson.

    Byron Scott would run the same sets that CP3 and company used to run with the hornets, and it could be a recipe for success. Veteran Ramon Sessions would likely take the backup role, and their starter Mo Williams would be traded for more assets.

    It would put butts in the seats, it would bring hopefully the 2nd coming of the Cavaliers. It's absolutely dreadful in the city as of now as they are riding a 19 game losing streak. Rubio would immediately become that franchise player. He would have the ball in his hands 95% of the time, he would be allowed to make as many mistakes as any player could in the league, but it would be an incredible developmental move for him.

    Again, don't see it happening on the Wolves end, but you never know.

New York Knicks: The Best Pick and Roll Tandem in The NBA

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    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 24:  Amar'e Stoudemire #11 of the New York Knicks on court against the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden on January 24, 2011 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/o
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    Of course we had to go here. Why wouldn't the Knicks want Rubio? While Raymond Felton is playing like an all star and is looking to keep improving, the risk-reward for Rubio could pay dividends for the Knicks. But what's really scary would be a Amare'- Rubio pick and roll.

    While it would take a little over a year for Rubio to fill the scoring part, Stoudamire has elevated his play so significantly that it could buy some time for Rubio's development in his shot making ability. The open court style of the Knicks by their head coach Mike D'Antoni would be perfection for Rubio. Not only would he have Amare' to work with, but guys like Wilson Chandler and Gallinari could seriously do more damage with Rubio's playmaking ability.

    Again, the market accompanied with the endorsement deals would be very appealing for Rubio/

    Even I, a Wolves fan would become a fan of that Knicks team.

Portland Trailblazers: So Much Young Talent

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    PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 14:  LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the Portland Trail Blazers in action during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on January 14, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Trail Blazers 115-111. NOTE TO USER:
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    I put Portland here because they have so many players that Minnesota currently like, namely Nicholas Batum and Rudy Fernandez. Andre Miller can't shoot, neither can Rubio at this point, he fits right in. Nate McMillan would have to let this guy run the offense, he would be that good with guys like Marcus Camby and Lamarcus Aldridge.

    It would be even more potent if Brandon Roy could come back healthy. While Roy won't be the same player he once was, Rubio could possibly elevate his play with easy jumpers and fast break layups. Meanwhile, Andre Miller could be a great mentor for Rubio, for someone that really cannot shoot that well, anyone that can score 50 points in an NBA game with his skill set must have an incredible I.Q for the game.

Miami Heat: God I Hope Not

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    OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - JANUARY 30:  Forward LeBron James #6 and Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat during play against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Ford Center on January 30, 2011 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agree
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    What in the world would the heat do with Rubio? Well let's just say this.

    Rubio grabs the rebound and takes off, Wade and LeBron on the wings.

    If the Miami Heat want to run, Rubio would be just the point guard to get them running. Absolutely a talent overload, and Rubio could seriously become the next Rajon Rondo for the Heat, simply distributing at an alarming rate. With the Heat, Rubio would lead the league in assists if not in his rookie season, but as a sophomore.

    Miami has the nice weather and market, plus that Pat Riley guy. Darn they also have 2 of the top players in the NBA. It must be nice to be a Heats fan. Could Rubio end up in a Heat's jersey? Highly unlikely that they have anything to offer the Wolves, but if Riley wants him, he'll find the assets.

Sacramento Kings: The Only Team That Rubio Worked Out With Pre-Draft

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    OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 21:  Tyreke Evans #13 of the Sacramento Kings looks to pass around Dorell Wright #1 of the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena on January 21, 2011 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, b
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    Did you read the title?

    Accompany that with the nice warm city, the market is decent, and the talent over there is developing, Rubio could make a decent fit with the Kings. Tyreke Evans, Ricky Rubio and Demarcus Cousins is a nice core to get truly excited about.

    However it's already being viewed that Tyreke and Demarcus are both locker room drama queens, I'm not so sure about Rubio fitting in with them chemistry wise. While it can be a great fit, Rubio needs the ball to be effective, the same with Tyreke and Demarcus. 3 young ball dominators? Yeah it could work.

Los Angeles Clippers: Blake Superior and La Pistola

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    DALLAS, TX - JANUARY 25:  Forward Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers during play against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center on January 25, 2011 in Dallas, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downl
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    Turn on your TV, and watch the Clippers? 1 year ago, there wasn't anyone watching this young promising team. Now the Clippers have a true franchise player in Blake Griffin, and they aren't looking back. Quite put, being a Wolves fan, I would trade Kevin Love and our lottery pick for Blake Griffin straight up, he's that good. Not only is he extremely effective and athletic, he's so young and polished, so poised, and has that nasty attitude on the court.

    If you wanted to see 5 star TV, put Rubio on the court with Blake Griffin, and just watch. Alley oops from half court, pick and roll dunks, and just overall embarrassment for the other team. I shutter to think at how fun it would be to watch Blake Griffin and Ricky Rubio work together. I think I would instantly become a Clippers fan, man that would be fun.

    All in all, the market, nice weather, all good to goes for Rubio. Just hoping that he doesn't get injured as a rookie, and that all good luck happens to the Clippers from this day forth.

Atlanta Hawks: Will They Finally Get Their Point Guard?

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    MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 18: Josh Smith #5 of the Atlanta Hawks drives past LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat during a game at American Airlines Arena on January 18, 2011 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by download
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    Some teams can have excuses made for them, and some can't. In all actuality, the Hawks are a point guard away from being 2x better. While they still are undersized, the Hawks have been a good team for the last 3 years but have not been able to get over that hump.

    Rubio would elevate the Hawks to a contender for many reasons.

    Living in Atlanta, no one goes to watch the Hawks seriously, and no one really watches them on TV like they could. Put Rubio on that team, and watch the stands fill up, and watch people come to watch Rubio work the pick and roll with Al Horford. The Hawks are already a great fast pace team, Rubio would add so much firepower with his playmaking ability, and would allow Joe Johnson to work without the ball as much.

    Heck, even I'd watch Atlanta play with Rubio.

    The market is ok, the weather is decent, all OK's with Rubio. Heck, I think just having a guy like Josh Smith to throw the ball towards the shot clock (literally) would attract Rubio. But like all the teams on the list, it will take a lot of assets to pry Rubio away from the Wolves

Los Angeles Lakers: Well Why Not?

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 30:  Kobe Bryant #24  of the Los Angeles Lakers argues a call against the Boston Celtics in the second half at Staples Center on January 30, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. The Celtics defeated the Lakers 109-96.  (Photo by Jeff
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    The L.A Lakers always seem to get an amazing player. They've had some of the games best, and if they were to acquire Rubio from the Wolves, he would step right into that franchise player role in 2-3 years once Kobe retires. It would make great sense for Rubio to be a Laker at this point. No one knows whose going to coach them next season, what system they are going to run, and what kind of condition Kobe will be in. Not to mention that Pau Gasol is like a mentor for Rubio.

    We aren't going to talk about how perfect Los Angeles is, it's just unfair. Just know that it would make sense. Oh, not to mention that it would be nice to see Rubio play next to Kobe. Kobe has praised Rubio several times.

Detroit Pistons: The Solution to Their Talent Mismatch Is...

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    ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 03:  Austin Daye #5 of the Detroit Pistons against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on November 3, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User
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    I won't say that Pistons are a bad team, but to me it just seems like they don't have an identity. A ton of talent, but it just doesn't exactly match up right. If the Pistons are serious about the players they have, they need an orchestrator to run them all. Alas, Rubio.

    The market isn't great, the weather isnt great, but hey if he's going to play for Minnesota, he's got to get over the weather aspect.

    That's all!

    Thanks for reading!