As soon as the Minnesota Timberwolves drafted point guard Johnny Flynn last night, all hell broke loose. Rubio nor his camp was thrilled at the selection, and made sure to let everybody know. Rubio himself said he’s not sure if he’ll be playing in the NBA this year and his father has stated that he will be returning to Europe to play basketball this season and maybe longer. Rubio’s agent Dan Fegan has not commented yet, but he made it well known he did not want Rubio playing in Minnesota. And if you remember correctly, Fegan is the agent of New Jersey Nets power forward Yi Jianlian who demanded a trade from the Milwaukee Bucks shortly after being drafted, which was eventually granted. In other words? Dan Fegan is not a guy you want do mess around with if you’re a franchise…as he will box you into a corner.
So that leaves me in the idea that Fegan is going to force a trade sooner than later, but the question looms to who.
After thinking about it last night, a swap of Kevin Martin and Ricky Rubio really makes some sense for both the Sacramento Kings and Minnesota Timberwolves.
Despite what many will say, the Kings new draft pick Tyreke Evans is not a point guard and at best is a combo guard playing the point guard position. On the flip side, the Timberwolves drafted their point guard in Johnny Flynn with the sixth pick but lack a talented shooting guard to take pressure off of Al Jefferson. Both players fit a very needed role for both squads and with Kevin Martin’s semi low salary (around 10 million), a potential trade would not be that difficult to compose.
A quick look at a lineup change for both squads:
C – Al Jefferson
PF – Kevin Love
SF – Corey Brewer
SG – Kevin Martin
PG – Johnny Flynn
C – Spencer Hawes
PF – Jason Thompson
SF – Andres Nocioni
SG – Tyreke Evans
PG – Ricky Rubio
The deal almost makes too much sense for both teams, and while it might set Sacramento back a touch currently – the future looks incredibly bright with that starting five….as does Minnesota’s.