I’m calling it. Ricky Rubio will never play a game in a Minnesota Timberwolves uniform.
As soon as I heard Rubio say Thursday that he just wants to play in the NBA, but that his mom doesn’t like cold weather, I went “uh oh.” Then I woke up this morning and sure enough, all ESPN is talking about is that Rubio’s father said the kid is leaning toward staying in Spain for another year or two and seeing what happens.
If I’m the Timberwolves, I start shopping him now. He obviously wants to play in either a big market or a warm-weather city. Call New York, call Phoenix, call Orlando, call Los Angeles (both Lakers and Clippers). See what they’ll give you for the kid and if it’s good, take it. Who knows? You could come out smelling like a rose.
It’s obvious that Rubio wants to play for Mike D’Antoni in New York. And why not? D’Antoni did wonders with Steve Nash and Rubio is basically a taller version of Nash who can dunk and is much farther ahead at this point in his development.
I hope everything works out great for Rubio because he has star qualities and Lord knows the NBA needs a player like him more than it needs another Tyreke Evans. As a person with more than a passing interest in both the league and the T’Wolves, I’d love to see him end up there. But, as we’ve seen in the past, some people just can’t get past the fact that they MIGHT have to play in a city where it’s cold. Even though they are playing indoors. I think for a few million bucks, you’d make some exceptions. Especially when you’re only 18 years old.
In another NBA developing story from today, it looks like Amare Stoudemire is indeed leaving the Valley of the Sun for the Bay Area.
ESPN reported today that Phoenix has offered Stoudemire to Golden State in exchange for 7-foot center Andris Biedrins, recent draft pick Stephen Curry and either Marco Belinelli or Brendan Wright.
This works well for me as a Suns fan. I used to love Amare because he graduated high school the same year as me and the Suns picked a guy who was my age. Well, we’re both older now and I can tell you this — one of us isn’t getting any better and my jump shot has been looking pretty good lately.
I have said before that Stephen Curry COULD be a stud, but he’s better to aim low. Sure he could be the next Reggie Miller. He could also be a bust. Coming to Phoenix and working alongside Steve Nash, Grant Hill and some other crafty veterans trying to pull things back together isn’t a bad way to start down a path to stardom.
As for Bindrins, he’s a solid young player. He’ll never be Dirk Nowitzki, but who cares? He’s a double-double guy who can defend and run the floor and comes at half the price of Stoudemire. What more do you want in a 23-year-old 7-footer entering his sixth season who is getting better every year?