After making a power move on draft night by trading for Jimmy Butler, the Timberwolves are now looking to find a point guard to match his style of play.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have formed their own big three with Jimmy Butler, Andrew Wiggins, and Karl-Anthony Towns. It’s almost impossible to play in this new day of age without forming a powerful unit. When the T’Wolves traded for Butler, they knew they needed a point guard that would mesh well.
Ricky Rubio is almost as good as gone. Head Coach Tom Thibodeau has been trying to trade Rubio since February, but couldn’t find a match. According to Marc Stein of ESPN, Minnesota is trying to trade Rubio for a shoot first type of point guard.
League sources say Minnesota, in the wake of the Jimmy Butler deal, remains intent on trading Ricky Rubio as it searches for more shooting.
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 26, 2017
Butler must be involved in talks when the team decides on which point guard to bring in order to create the perfect front court in Minnesota. Earlier this season, when Butler appeared on ESPN’s First Take, Butler said he would rather play alongside a shooting point guard to stretch the floor. Butler loves the ISO, bullying his way to the paint and drawing fouls. Jimmy sometimes has a spot up jump shooter and he’s working on his post game. However, where he can be more effective is when he’s driving to the rim he can just kick it out to a shooter.
Other solid “shooting” point guards on the market are Chris Paul, Eric Bledsoe, Kyle Lowry, George Hill and Derrick Rose (Rose shot 47 percent last season).