NBA News: Ricky Rubio Expects The Wolves To Retain Him
The Minnesota Timberwolves are going to build around Karl Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. It’s still unclear whether they would retain Ricky Rubio in long-term, but the player wants the Wolves to keep him.Advertisement
“When you are signed to a contract, you can not control (the situation),” said Rubio, as reported by the Real GM. “Before the All-Star break, they spoke the possibility of trading me because teams want to change things if they’re not doing well. Now I feel comfortable and I think they won’t trade me anywhere.”
Rubio has signed a four year, $55 million extension with the Wolves ahead of the 2014-15 season. It’s interesting to see how point-guard Rubio fits in the Wolves team in the long run.
The Wolves’ young core have the potential to make it to the playoffs next season, feels Rubio. “We have a great future. We’re a young team that has high expectations. But there have been young teams in this organization that have not made it. We have the pieces to be in the playoffs.”
Rubio hasn’t missed a single game since November. His field goal percentage has improved every month and has reached 45.6 % in March, according to the ESPN. There were rumors that the Wolves are going to trade Rubio ahead of the February deadline, but decided to retain him.
The Wolves rode on Rubio’s 17 points including a three-pointer at the crucial moment of the game, 11 assists, seven rebounds and three steals to beat the Phoenix Suns 121-116 on Monday.
“But credit goes to Ricky in terms of simplifying all of the shots he’s taking — efficient shots, shots he works on, swing threes, pull-up jump shots,” Wolves coach Ryan Saunders shared with the Pioneer Press. “He’s not forcing a lot.”