It has been two years since the Minnesota Timberwolves took a gamble on drafting Spanish phenom Ricky Rubio with the fifth overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft. Even though the Timberwolves felt that they had the point guard of the future, Minnesota learned that they wouldn’t get their fifth overall pick anytime soon as the Spanish point guard was going back to Spain to play with Barcelona before heading to the NBA.
This was a messy and disappointing process for the struggling Minnesota Timberwolves, but it might finally be over as Rubio now has a contract signed with the team and will play in the NBA next season. The details of the deal with Rubio are uncertain and might remain that way until next season, but the promising young point guard is excited about his future as he says playing in the NBA is a dream come true.
Along with Ricky Rubio most likely being the starting point guard in Minnesota next season, the Timberwolves might be making some moves in order to make the transition to the NBA a bit easier for their future face of the franchise. The first move they are comptemplating is trading All-Star Kevin Love to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for another Spanish National Team player Pau Gasol.
Even though the Lakers haven’t said whether or not they are flirting with the idea of trading Gasol, the deal might be too good to pass up as they will get a 22-year-old All-Star in return. Last season was the beginning of great things to come for Love in the NBA and a future with the Lakers could be in the making.
Whether or not Ricky Rubio can play at the NBA level and be successful remains to be seen, but he is definitely making ways and creating some buzz in Minnesota.