Posted by: Kevin Jones
06/02/11 12:35 pm EST

Remember that speculation blog post I delved into about a week ago?  The one about the Timberwolves shipping the #2 pick and some players for our #16 and Iguodala

That dream scenario got closer to reality last night when the Timberwolves shocked the NBA world and announced that 2009 first round pick Ricky Rubio would be leaving Spain to test out his point guard skills in the world’s premier League.

It is quite clear that Minnesota agreed to fork over a decent amount of cash to convince one of basketball’s most dazzling passers to commit to their sorry organization.  This theoretically means the T-Wolves are not keen on selecting someone they are going to have to pay in the 5 million dollar range, a player that they don’t particularly want.  They would rather spend that money on an established player, rather than another young project.

It’s actually so obvious that the T-Wolves are trading out, that they didn’t even workout one player who is projected in the top five in basically every mock draft.  Not one!  They aren’t even playing the bluff card. General manager David Kahn probably won’t even draft the rights of someone like Derrick Williams or Enes Kanter just in case he gets stuck with them during the impending lockout.

In any other trade Minnesota could be contemplating – Pacers for Danny Granger, rumored three-team deal with Detroit and Cleveland – wouldn’t get them anything they need, which is a defensive stopper. Getting another scorer would negate Michael Beasley’s efficiency on offense. Getting someone like Rip Hamilton would only be a Band-Aid.  The obvious answer to their biggest problem – defense – has to be Iguodala.

Rubio’s arrival to Minnesota makes it more enticing for AI9 to want to leave Philly for the frozen ice fishing of Minneapolis.  The T-Wolves are now going to gain more national attention than the 76ers with a point guard whose been compared to Pistol Pete Maravich and the best rebounding forward in the League – Kevin Love.  Memphis was able to rise from the ashes this season and Minnesota may be able to follow suit if they add Iguodala.

Rarely are players on the NBA’s all-defensive team made available through a trade.  Now that the Johnny Flynn era is officially over, the Wolves will want to move him and guard Martell Webster whose 5.26 million dollar exception for the 2011-2012 season is second highest on the roster.

This trade makes the most sense for both organizations.


4 Responses to “RUBIO’S IMPACT on the 76ERS”

  1. Kevi M
    2. June 2011 at 14:46

    As someone who lives in Minneapolis and thus has to watch the Twolves all the time (I’m actually a Jazz fan), I agree that this trade makes sense for both organizations. One thing to keep in mind that adds more weight to your arguement is that they don’t own their 2012 1st round draft pick. This gives even more reason to trade for a player like Iguodola, who can help right away. Unlike in previous years, losing 75% of their games next year doesn’t help them in the draft.

  2. Brooks
    2. June 2011 at 16:53

    A) Rubio was signed to the rookie scale pay which is around $3.5…not a “ton of money”

    B) TWolves are interested in trading out for a veteran to balance their roster and not have so many inexperienced players, not because of the $5 mil we have to pay the #2 pick

    C) Derrick Williams and Enes Kanter are both scheduled for a visit on June 16th and have been scheduled for about a week or so.

    ….It’s called research.

    With all that being said, it’s an interesting trade idea. Don’t think the T-Wolves would be interested in taking on another pick (#16) however for the reasons stated above that they’re looking to get older and they already have #20 as well.

  3. Commish
    3. June 2011 at 00:40

    Wow, you are so off base it’s unbelievable. First off, a month or so ago, it was reported that half the GM’s in the league had said they wouldn’t give anything for Iguodala’s contract. Why on earth would the Wolves give up the 2nd overall pick for it? Iguodala should be able to be had for much cheaper than that.

    Everyone knows Philly wants to dump Iguodala’s contract and open up room for Turner. They shouldn’t get value for Iguodala at all.

    For Iguodala, you may get the #1(20th overall), Flynn, and Webster, but if Kahn gave up the 2nd overall pick AND players for that contract, he should be run out of the state.

  4. Jorge
    3. June 2011 at 07:44

    Tom Sunnergren hit the nail on the head about AI2’s overall impact (“Andre Iguodala Exit Interview”). Philadunkia seems to be contradicting itself by touting a trade with Minnesota for 3 frequent DNP’s and a question mark (RE: Pick # 2 in the 2010 Draft). I don’t see how you can say with a straight face that this trade makes sense for Philly. Maybe if they throw in Kevin Love.

Leave a Reply