There have been some rumblings out there that the Minnesota Timberwolves are shopping point guard Ricky Rubio, but general manager Milt Newton recently told Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press that the team isn’t “talking to anybody” about Rubio and that he’s “an integral part” of the team.
Rubio has had an up-and-down start to his NBA career, as he’s dealt with injury problems and shooting woes since entering the league. He played in just 22 games last season due to a troublesome ankle injury and missed time during his first two NBA seasons thanks to an ACL tear.
When healthy, Rubio has shown that he’s one of the more dynamic playmakers in the league, a strong defender and a solid rebounder for his position. He’s handing out 8.2 assists per game for his career, and his strengths are why he secured a four-year, $56 million extension before last season.
However, Rubio has really struggled with his shooting in his four NBA seasons. He’s shooting just 36.7 percent overall and 31.4 percent from three for his career, which makes him a liability at times.
Still, Rubio is just 24 years old, so there’s still time for him to improve. Minnesota has generally been much better with him on the floor, and a key moving forward is him staying on the court. The Wolves may look to move on from the youngster at some point, but they want to give him a chance to grow alongside the other members of the young core, including Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns.