The impressive play of rookie-to-be Kris Dunn in Summer League got the whispers going again: The Timberwolves might be willing to move point guard Ricky Rubio. There were no specific, credible rumors, more just speculation.
Don’t expect a move. Not soon. Don’t take my word for it, here are the words of Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor to Sid Hartman of the Star-Tribune.
“I don’t see that as a likely possibility,” he said about a Rubio trade. “I just think the coach, everybody, likes Ricky. I think we want him to come in and improve on his shooting. But his other things, he plays defense, he gets assists, he helps the others get better. He has some wonderful qualities.
“I think the coach wants to bring an assistant coach to help Ricky on his shooting and I think that’s where we’re going to start out and go and we’ll see how good Kris Dunn is.”
Rubio isn’t as terrible a shooter as his reputation — he hit 32.6 percent from three last season — but he relies too much on the long two: 33.6 percent of his shots were between 16 feet and the arc, he hit 38 percent of those. Improve the shot selection a little more and get him to a couple of spots on the floor where he can hit shots, and things improve.
In the short term, Rubio is a good fit for the Timberwolves because he is one of the better defensive point guards in the league. However, as Dunn improves and fits with Minnesota’s young core the whispers of a Rubio trade will grow.