The Knicks noticed Ricky Rubio is coming off a career-high season with the T’wolves. New York wants in on Rubio.
Point Guard Ricky Rubio should be flattered upon the teams who are calling in to see if he available. One team, in particular, the New York Knicks. According to Ian Begley of ESPN, members of the organization would like to pursue Rubio.
Some members of the organization would again like to try to pursue Minnesota’s Ricky Rubio in a trade this offseason, sources said.
This wasn’t the first time the Knickerbockers called in about Rubio. In February, during the trade deadline, New York had attentions to swap Derrick Rose for Rubio. According to Marc Stein, the deal was offered minutes just before the deadline. However, reports were saying that the Minnesota Timberwolves balked.
Sources say that deal was offered minutes before the deadline. According to Stein, Minnesota balked at the deal.
The Knicks anticipated on trading for Rubio this previous season and believe he would be a fit for the triangle offense because of his passing ability. Not only can Rubio pass the ball, but defensively he can help address some issues regarding the backcourt defense. Rubio was ranked 11th out of 91 point guards in defensive real plus-minus (Per ESPN Hollinger Stats).
The 27-year-old is coming off his best season after being selected fifth in the first round draft pick of 2009. Rubio dealt with a lot of injuries throughout his early career. The Spaniard only played 82 games in one season (2013). Besides that season, he has always missed games because of nagging or major injuries.
Despite having a 31-51 record last year, Rubio helped his trade stock gradually rise after his incredible second half season performance.
For the season, he averaged 11.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 9.1 assists.
What Does It Mean For The Future NBA Draft Picks?
It’s clear to say the Knicks want a polished point guard before starting a rookie point guard. Why? Because the Knicks are looking forward to trading for Rubio and the front office still have their eyes set on drafting a PG for the future.
According to Begley, New York is interested in Kentucky’s Malik Monk, North Carolina State’s Dennis Smith Jr, and French guard Frank Ntilikina. Looking at those lists of names, the team President, Phil Jackson, is drooling over point guards.
If New York drafts any one of the prospects, then they will come off the bench for at least a year or two to learn from a polished guard.