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  • Wouldya: Ricky Rubio

    Just finished reading the following at Ball Don't Lie:

    It reminded me of something that I had wondered about earlier in the year, which is whether the Raps would be well served to make a play for Rubio. They should have the assets to make it happen but would likely have to give up their first round pick this year to do it. In fact I'm guessing the trade would look something like this:

    To Toronto:
    Luke Ridnour
    Rubio's rights
    1st round pick from Utah (top 16 protected)

    To Minnesota:
    Toronto's 1st round pick
    Jerryd Bayless
    Probably a throw-in like Alabi or a 2nd rounder in 2012

    Rubio and Raps' 1st rounder are more or less an even swap, and Minny dumps Ridnour's bad contract and upgrades to Bayless for the cost of Utah's likely late first round pick (which is probably expendable because they also have Memphis', their own and now Toronto's).

    The more I think about it, the more I'm torn. On the one hand, Rubio likely doesn't have NBA athleticism, he continues to struggle with his shot (and likely finishing at the rim, though the article doesn't mention it), and he might never live up to the hype. In a league full of strong, lightning fast point guards, his talent might not be enough.

    On the other hand, Toronto could be a perfect situation for Rubio. The article mentions that he wants to play on the east coast and what better fit for a young international player than Toronto? By playing behind Calderon (and possibly Ridnour/Bayless, depending on how things work out), he would have the perfect learning situation to jump into, on a team with low expectations and a lot of young developing talent. The Raps could afford to take it slow with Rubio, letting him put in the hours working on his jumper as DeMar has, with an eye toward taking over the reigns once he's ready rather than throwing him into the fire. Because Rubio doesn't need to work on his feel for the game, just his body and his shot; his natural talent isn't something you can teach, but his skillset needs to be expanded for him to be effective in the NBA. Down the line, he'd fit well with DeRozan, Amir and Ed Davis, and although I hate to say it, could make Bargs deadly in the pick and pop.

    As I said, I'm pretty torn. I wouldn't make this trade if the Raps either landed a top-3 pick or found a way to package some assets and take Kyrie Irving, but I expect the raps will likely be picking in the 6th-8th range and I can't see them finding a potential franchise player at that spot in what looks to be a fairly weak draft outside of the top 3ish. Either way it wouldn't get done until the lottery balls have bounced.

    So, would you take a gamble on Ricky Rubio?

  • #2
    I would take a gamble on Rubio, but chances are, Minnesota would want either DeRozan/Davis and our first for Rubio. They're not just gonna give the kid away.


    • #3
      Not in for Rubio. I don't see it for him in the NBA.


      • #4
        Hell no. Too much of an entitlement attitude with this kid.


        • #5
          No thanks on Rubio...I don't think he's all he's cracked up to be. I'd rather use the pick for someone who wants to play in the NBA.


          • #6
            It really irritates me when drafted players feel they have a right to dictate the team that they play for. What I want is a player who is willing to come into any situation and do what they can to turn it around. That is what has impressed me the most about Blake Griffin. He was drafted into the awful situation of playing for the Clippers to play for one of the worst owners in sports, and yet he handled it like a professional and has done all that he can to make that into a great situation. That is the type of player I want...not the Steve Francis', or Rubio's of this world.

            Lets keep our pick and see what happens. There are 5 or 6 strong prospects forecasted for this upcoming draft and I would like us to take our chances with them over Rubio. Besides, if Irving comes out I think he will be a better professional then Rubio.


            • #7
              I like Rubio, but I would not give up our pick this year until we know what pick it is and who is available.
              Twitter @WJ_FINDLAY


              • #8
                Rubio and Ridnour are both really good PG. Why not?


                • #9
                  The point is to get more picks, not give them away. Rubio could be a great point guard but he is too much of a girl to play where he was traded to. He shouldn't have even been in the draft if he wasn't goin to come over