New York Knicks News Mix, 5/23/17: Ricky Rubio Still An Option?
Apr 4, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio (9) during the third quarter against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Timberwolves 121-107. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks attempted to trade for Ricky Rubio at the trade deadline and failed. Apparently, they haven’t given up.

If anyone could make the triangle offense fun it’s Ricky Rubio. The New York Knicks could take another shot at bringing one of the most exciting players in the league to the Big Apple.

According to Ian Begley of ESPN New York, the Knicks haven’t given up hope on bringing Rubio to New York. With Timberwolves president Tom Thibodeau favorite Rose no longer under contract, it’s unclear who the Knicks would be able to offer in a trade.

Via Begley:

“Some in the organization were hopeful after the trade deadline that they could revisit their attempts to acquire Rubio from the Minnesota Timberwolves in the offseason, per sources.”

The Knicks reportedly attempted to trade for Rubio at the deadline this season, but Minnesota wouldn’t give up the first-round pick New York wanted in return for oft-injured incumbent point guard Derrick Rose.

Minnesota drafted Kris Dunn out of Providence College with the fifth overall pick in the 2016 draft. Although he struggled last season, Thibs will probably want to hand him the keys to the car at some point.

Rubio is under contract for two more seasons at roughly $14 million per season. That’s pretty good in this market. It’s probably less than what Phil Jackson would be forced to pay Derrick Rose.

Of course, what it’s all about with Rubio is his fit with Kristaps Porzingis. The duo can’t be worse than Rose and KP.

Rubio, 26, meshed well with Twolves unicorn Karl-Anthony Towns, assisting on 36.7 percent of Towns’ made field goals. Towns shot 53.1 percent on passes from his point guard. That’s a good sign for what could happen with Porzingis.

 

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