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Wolves GM Kahn: Rubio will come to Minnesota

Mar 1, 2010, 6:21 PM EDT

After the Minnesota Timberwolves drafted superstar international prospect Ricky Rubio, Rubio elected to stay in Spain for at least another season. Many believe that he never intends to play for the Timberwolves, and is waiting for his rights to be traded to a team in a more favorable market before coming to the NBA. 

Timberwolves general manager David Kahn spoke with TrueHoop’s Henry Abbott today, and was adamant that Rubio will be coming to the Timberwolves in the future, albeit not for another season and a half. Rubio has a buyout option after next season, and that is when Kahn believes Rubio will make the transition to the NBA. 
When Abbott asked where Kahn’s confidence that Rubio is coming over comes from, Kahn said the following:
“I was over there. I saw him play in Serbia a few weeks ago. We have people at most of his games. There’s no reason for us to think otherwise. We developed a very solid relationship with his representatives, and more importantly, perhaps, his family, this past summer. It wasn’t an issue of him having any concern about Minnesota whatsoever. I think at the end of the day he just felt that him having a couple more years in Europe would be the smart and prudent thing for him to do. He had a lot of input from his Spanish National team members, who all think he can play here, but also thought that a few more years of development would help him. I don’t have any reason not to think that’s true, either.”

Kahn likely knows Rubio’s future plans better than most. It is debatable whether or not he knew that Rubio would stay in Spain for at least two seasons before coming to Minnesota, but it appears he’s comfortable with how Rubio fits into his five-year plan. One thing that’s clear is that Timberwolves fans will have to continue to be patient with their young club. 

  1. j.d.hastings - Mar 1, 2010 at 6:23 PM

    On the other hand, all GMs lie regularly as a necessary part of their jobs…

  2. Craig W. - Mar 1, 2010 at 10:08 PM

    Saying all GMs lie regularly is really ingenuous. We might as well say, “Everyone lies, so why believe anyone about anything?”
    No society continues if all our conversations are like that. It’s much better to take the person at their word and just be careful about your own decisions.
    Saying everyone lies is such a cop out; whether it’s in politics or sports. Just another way of avoiding any responsibility or real thought for yourself.

  3. Dennis - Mar 1, 2010 at 11:13 PM

    How is it debatable whether or not he knew Rubio would stay in Spain? If he says that he knew before the draft, then the fact that he drafted a PG with the pick directly following Rubio would be pretty strong evidence that he’s telling the truth.

  4. j.d.hastings - Mar 2, 2010 at 12:55 PM

    All GMs lie. This isn’t controversial. If you are asked if you are discussing trading a player that you are discussing trading- but only tentatively, the GM will always lie and say they aren’t. They have to or else they sabotage the relationship with the player that may very well not be traded. Its simple game theory. Sorry if that weakens your view of society, but its the job.

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