Thursday, February 23, 2017

Wolves Stand Pat at Deadline, Keep Rubio

After days of Ricky Rubio trade rumors, the NBA trade deadline has come and gone with the Minnesota Timberwolves not making a single trade.

The team had been rumored to be shopping Ricky Rubio heavily over the last week, and it seemed like he would be traded somewhere. Thankfully, for whatever reason the Wolves chose to hold onto the Spaniard for at least the remainder of the season.

Rubio came into the league overhyped and overrated, but he's still a very good all-around player that is capable of being a key player on a winning . He's now vastly underrated, at least among NBA fans, because his low scoring totals don't mesh with a fantasy-basketball generation.

Kris Dunn may one day be the team's starting point guard and a better player than Ricky Rubio, but he's nowhere near that point right now. The Wolves will undoubtedly explore more Rubio deals in the off-season, which is fine, but at least the shell of Derrick Rose won't be the key component coming back.

The Wolves also chose to hold onto Shabazz Muhammad, who will be a restricted free agent this off-season. Muhammed has emerged as a capable bench scorer but he remains a defensive liability so he may have better value on a more defensive minded team. In my opinion, the Wolves could have a useful second unit headed by Rubio and Muhammed, so I'd prefer they keep both players this off-season.

For now, though, the Wolves avoided making a terrible mistake. Thank goodness.


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