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Someone had to be: Ricky Rubio sad Kahn let go in Minnesota

May 8, 2013, 12:33 PM EDT

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Ricky Rubio was David Kahn’s guy. Rubio was Kahn’s best draft pick, a guy who helped on the court and helped sell tickets, too. Of course, Kahn liked Rubio so much he told Minnesota’s best player — Kevin Love — he couldn’t have the team’s one five-year extension because it was being saved for Rubio. That soured a relationship already built on shaky ground.

That relationship — as well as a host of draft and other errors over the years — led to Kahn being shown the door and Flip Saunders getting his chair. Much to the joy of every Timberwolves fan I know.

But not Rubio, who lost his champion in the organization reports Ric Bucher of, via Sulia.

Sources say the Rubio family is disappointed in the decision, largely because Kahn is the one who stuck his neck out and drafted Rubio knowing he couldn’t come over right away and did a lot of the legwork to expedite the start of Rubio’s NBA career. Maybe it blows over — Rubio wouldn’t be the first player who disagreed with a decision yet eventually put it behind him — but it bears watching.

Rubio’s not going anywhere — he will get a contract extension to his rookie deal from the Timberwolves that will be eight digits a season and he will sign it. Saunders is a smart guy, he’s going to build a good relationship with Rubio as one of the anchors of the franchise going forward.

Just remember next year when the Timberwolves stay healthy and make the playoffs, Kahn deserves a lot of credit for putting that roster together.

  1. pacific123ocean - May 8, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    Ricky seems like the type of person that would never say a bad word about anybody.

  2. thomaskouns - May 8, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Rubio isn’t even close to how good he’ll be in 5 years.

    One of the few PG’s in the league who makes players around him signifantly better and plays D. Once he gets his jump shot worked out – look out.

  3. rajbais - May 8, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    And Chris Mannix will be sad when Rubio will be let go. Unlike David Kahn, however, Mannix will still champion Rubio when it’s too late in year # 13.

  4. yousuxxors - May 8, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    if Kahn only drafted cousins to. love rubio cousins would of been amazing to watch. maybe cousins wouldn’t of been such a dickhead to. doubt that but he does have skills

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