Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Rubio Delay May Pay Off For the Timberwolves

I can't believe I just woke up and typed two posts about the freakin' Minnesota Timberwolves.

Ricky Rubio will not come to Minnesota. Well, not now. He was traded from blah blah blah to blah blah Barcelona yesterday and will be staying in Spain until at least 2011. The Wolves brass tried a last ditch effort to reel him into the Land of 1,000 Lakes but was unsuccessful.

They will be disappointed, but this could pay off down the road for the Wolves.

RIGHT NOW: They have Johnny Flynn there to show everyone that he is the point guard of the future for the Wolves. There will be no weird rivalry between Flynn and Rubio for minutes at the point guard spot. It will give both guards a chance to develop at their own paces.

KEEPING/DEELING RUBIO: At some point, the Wolves will have to figure out if they are going to keep both or just one of the guards. I see them keeping Rubio because it isn't like he's a bargaining chip for a player that will turn them into a contender. In 2011, the Wolves won't be challenging for any titles anyway so they would be smart to just chill for a couple of years.

If Rubio does come in 2011, he'll only be 20 years old ... pretty much the age of a lot of rookies that get drafted. It will also allow the Wolves to hang onto Rubio for a longer period of time since his rookie scale contract won't start until he signs it. He will have a couple of seasons more to mature his game and as a man.

You will also get to see what Flynn has to offer and a grasp on what his future with the team is. Best case scenario is that both guys prove to be starters and the Wolves will have an overflow of talent. That would allow them to deal one of the two (I'd guess Flynn just because of the financial reasons) for another part they need or roll with a small backcourt.

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