|Cristian Andal |||Oct 07, 2016 09:10 AM EDT|
(Photo : Getty Images) Minnesota Timberwolves' Ricky Rubio could be leaving the team soon.
Minnesota Timberwolves floor general Ricky Rubio is still on the team's trading block as the new season opens later this month. The San Antonio Spurs and Chicago Bulls are rumored to be two of his potential destinations if a trade does push through.
Rubio, who will turn 26 later this month, is becoming more of an ill-fit in the Wolves' starting lineup as new head coach Tom Thibodeau will reportedly place his cards on his young core of Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns, Zach LaVine, and rookie Kris Dunn in the upcoming season.
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Rubio said earlier in the summer that he will seek to be traded next year if the Wolves do not enter the playoffs. The Spaniard admitted that after five seasons in the league, he wants to appear in the postseason and have a clear shot at the title.
With those scenarios, it is increasingly clear that if an opportunity opens up Minnesota will let go of Rubio in exchange for potential roster complements.
Sportsrageous reported that Rubio could be dealt as early as midseason as the Wolves are keen on developing Dunn early. Minnesota is said to be looking for a wingman to backup Wiggins and LaVine as well as another big man that could partner with Towns up front.
The Spurs are reportedly looking for a long-term replacement for the aging Tony Parker, and Rubio is rumored to be one of their prime targets for the position. Shooting guard Danny Green could be a trade piece, but it is unclear whether he will be enough for the Wolves at this time.
Meanwhile, Morning News USA indicated that the Bulls could also pursue Rubio if he becomes available as the team lacks point guard depth behind Rajon Rondo.
Given Rondo's mercurial character, it will be good for Chicago to have an insurance, point guard and Rubio is capable of playing both as a starter or off-the-bench if needed.
Rubio is also seen as an ideal fit for outside shooting-big man Nikola Mirotic as both players thrive on pick-and-roll plays in the perimeter.
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