Ricky Rubio says he and Minnesota ‘never worked’
The Minnesota Timberwolves went through major roster changes this offseason. Jimmy Butler was brought on board with a trade, while Jeff Teague, Taj Gibson and Jamal Crawford were signed. However, that meant that some pieces of the team had to go. One of them is Ricky Rubio.
Rubio was traded to the Utah Jazz earlier in the offseason. The Wolves received a 2018 first round pick, originally from Oklahoma City Thunder. This move meant that around $14 million was opened up in cap space for the Timberwolves. Since Rubio trade rumors were there every season, it was clear that something was wrong.
In an interview with Jorge Quiroga from Marca, Rubio confirmed that him and Minnesota were not a good fit.
“In this league, we know we are professionals,” said Rubio. “and that feelings are left on the side. It was a team I was happy in, but we had four or five coaching changes, that was hard to endure. In the end, I really do believe this trade was a good thing for both sides. Things just did not work out for the last six years.”
Rubio is probably right. A lot of coaching changes can affect teams, and Rubio was probably unhappy in Minneapolis. After a lot of internal turmoil, and clearly some issues between Rubio and the organization as a whole, this trade was probably the best solution for both sides.
Rubio is set for a fresh start in Utah, while the T-Wolves look ready for a comeback to the Playoffs.