The latest word out of Spain, (and who knows it might be old by the time this posts) is that Ricky Rubio, the basketball boy wonder, is signing with Barcelona and won't be available to the Timberwolves for 2 years.
For the national media, which doesn't necessarily have the T-wolves interests at heart, this is a disaster for the Timberwolves. Trades with the Knicks are being proffered that would include David Lee and draft choices. Such a trade (Lee is another Forward who is too similar to BAJ and KLove) would be the disaster facing the Wolves, not missing Rubio for 2 years.
Ricky Rubio is 18 years old and really no one really knows if he is ready for the NBA. Doesn't it make sense for him to play in Barcelona, get bigger and stronger, and let the Wolves develop their team? The Wolves will still retain his rights. If Rubio is a bust against better competition, we will learn that without having to pay him. If he is the second coming of Pete Maravich, we'll learn that too and Rubio could be the final piece that the Wolves will need when they start to compete in 2 years. It's almost as though the Wolves have drafted a young phenom and then put him in the minors for seasoning. Did anyone complain when the Twins drafted the 18 year old Joe Mauer and then sent him to Fort Myers to play single A ball?
From his public statements, David Kahn seems to realize this, but I am guessing the pressure is strong to deal Rubio to a team like the Knicks. Let's hope that Kahn keeps the Wolves long term interests at heart, is able to stave off the criticism that will come his way if Rubio does sign with Barcelona and builds a team that is able to plug in Ricky Rubio in 2 years and actually compete with the elite teams of the NBA.