Community Shootaround: Ricky Rubio

Earlier today, it was reported that the Wolves may deal Ricky Rubio with Sacramento lurking as a possible destination. Minnesota drafted Kris Dunn with the No. 5 overall pick and he looked the part of a starting caliber point guard during his time in Vegas this summer. With Tyus Jones also in the fold, the team could afford to swap out a point guard for a player at another position.

Adding Rudy Gay may be a possibility in a trade with the Kings. Sacramento lost Rajon Rondo in free agency and Darren Collison, the team’s current starting point guard, faces domestic violence charges and will likely be suspended for some portion of the 2016/17 season. Even if Collison avoids missing games, Rubio would serve as an upgrade in the starting lineup.

For Minnesota, bringing aboard Gay would give them a solid veteran whom could play a key role in transforming the team into a playoff contender. However, for a team that plans to give heavy minutes to Zach LaVine and Andrew Wiggins, outside shooting should be more of a priority. Gay has only made 34.4% of his career 3-point attempts and while that’s not horrible, his presence on the floor wouldn’t negate the lack of shooting by the team’s other wings.

That brings us to tonight’s question: Would netting Rudy Gay in a Ricky Rubio trade be considered a win for Minnesota or could they make a better deal? Let us know your opinions in the comments below. We look forward to what you have to say!

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Brian
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Brian
1 month 9 days ago

No way does MN make that deal. Sac can’t give Gay away and he doesn’t fit Thibs defense first mentality. Rubio is a perfect fit in a 3 G rotation with Lavine and Dunn

Bret
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Bret
1 month 9 days ago

Only way this happens is if a third team gets involved. Gay could be used as a small ball 4, but he doesn’t shoot well enough to really stretch the defense. Plus, his poor defense doesn’t really fit what we need.

sweatNECKLACE
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sweatNECKLACE
1 month 9 days ago

I still like something with the Sixers. I’m thinking Rubio and Payne for Noel and Landry. I really think the Sixers need a PG

Zach
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Zach
1 month 9 days ago

Hell no!!!

Niko
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Niko
1 month 9 days ago

Kings should be all over getting Ricky, but, as mentioned above, the Kings don’t have a lot of assets to work with. It will take more than a simple Ricky-for-Rudy swap for this deal to happen. Plus, I find the playing styles of Wiggins and Rudy Gay to be too redundant.

123Redsox
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123Redsox
1 month 5 days ago

Cauley-Stein, Mclemore for Rubio and Payne? Mclemore provides shooting from the wing and cauley-stein brings a young defensive stud who can rebound to mold next to towns. Rubio becomes the Kings starting PG and Payne adds depth at the two big spots and an asset.

hill
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hill
1 month 9 days ago

Great question.

I think it’s a fair deal. Rubio isn’t a great fit next to the super athletes who also can’t shoot.

Yes Gay creates some minutes issues but I say Run with Dunn, let him develop the needed chemistry with KAT and Wigs and weave Rudy into a 28 minutes/game 6th man role.

It’s smart for Sacto too, get a new offensive philosophy around Rubio’s high character and ball distribution skills.

Thorongil
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Thorongil
1 month 9 days ago

Yeah, no way. It would be an absolute fleecing.

Surprisingly a Bucks Fan
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Surprisingly a Bucks Fan
1 month 9 days ago

I wouldn’t bring Gay in.

Darby
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Darby
1 month 9 days ago

The writer needs to do some more research. Implying that Lavine is a poor shooter? He shot 39% from 3 last year. Better than Durant, Beal and Lillard, Draymonds, Lowery.

JT19
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JT19
1 month 9 days ago
While I agree that citing LaVine as a poor shooter when he shot 39% is bad, citing the other players as comparables hurts your argument when you dig into their stats further. LaVine shot 38.9% from 3 last year while averaging 3.9 3PA per game. Kevin Durant shot 38.6% from 3 last year while averaging 6.7 3PA per game. Bradley Beal shot 38.7% while averaging 4.9 shots. Damian Lillard shot 37.5% (the lowest of the players you mentioned) while averaging 8.1 shots (the highest of the players). Kyle Lowry shot 38.8% while averaging 7.1 shots. Draymond Green (who is not… Read more »
smittybanton
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smittybanton
1 month 9 days ago

Rudy Gay for Tyus Jones and Nikola Peckovic, more likely.

TWolves signed Jordan Hill and Cole Aldrich when they already have Towns, Deng, Peckovic and Bejilica, Adreian Payne, and Garnett could opt in?

If anybody, they are moving Peckovic.

I’ll bet they’re offering Tyus Jones to the Sixers and Kings if they take Peckovic’s K. While both the Sixers and Kings want Rubio.

smittybanton
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smittybanton
1 month 9 days ago

Matter of fact, if the Kings can get Tyus Jones and Shabazz Muhammad for Gay, they need to jump on it!!!!

*As an aside, I find it interesting that the Kings passed on Wade Baldwin IV. I’m not a fan. But the casual analytics guys loved him.

123Redsox
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123Redsox
1 month 5 days ago
Of course the kings would jump on it. Muhammad has so much scoring potential and jones is going to have a very solid career before it is all said and done as well because he is just so fundamentally sound. However, no way does the wolves do it. They need a wing shooter and Muhammad is the best wing shooter they have. Gay is nowhere the outside shooter muhhamad is. Not even close. The wolves aren’t going to subtract from an area they are thin in so that they can bring someone in like gay who doesn’t n eccessarily fit… Read more »
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