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Ricky Rubio | Guard | #9

Team: Minnesota Timberwolves
Age / DOB:  (25) / 10/21/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 192
College: N/A
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (5) / MIN
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Ricky Rubio will likely start the season with the Timberwolves, according to league sources.
Mitch Lawrence of SiriusXM NBA said the Kings were close to trading for Rubio, but a potential trade seems to have fizzled out for now. Rubio's fantasy value wouldn't change much with a trade, but the fantasy value of Kris Dunn (up) and Darren Collison (down) would be much more affected if the two teams are able to work out a deal. Aug 30 - 11:13 AM

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Ricky Rubio thinks the Timberwolves are ready to take the next step in their development.

With a new head coach and plenty of young talent, Rubio expressed his excitement with the direction of the team. "I think we’ve got all the pieces together to make something happen," he said. "I’m really excited about the new coach and the new staff. They have a lot of years in their backpack and really can teach us how to reach the next level. I think we have the tools. We just have to put all them together." While Rubio has been the subject of trade rumors, he's poised for another solid fantasy season and will provide plenty of assists for owners who are willing to put up with his lackluster shooting percentage.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 23 - 9:48 AM

Ricky Rubio admitted that his mother's health had an impact on him during the season.

"Sometimes at night during the season I was going through hell," Rubio said. "Waking up in, who knows, Sacramento, in LA, in the middle of the night alone in a hotel and thinking, `Why am I here? Is it really worth it?'" Rubio's mother has since passed away from lung cancer, and you can be certain he'll be playing with extra motivation during the upcoming campaign.
Aug 20 - 2:47 PM

Ricky Rubio struggled with early foul trouble on Friday, finishing a loss to the U.S. with one rebound, one assist and one steal, while going scoreless on 0-of-4 attempts.

Fellow starter Nikola Mirotic was hardly better with just seven points on 2-of-7 shooting in 20 minutes of action. Spain struggled to create offense when Pau Gasol wasn't scoring, and they'll need a more balanced effort to secure a bronze medal on Sunday.
Aug 19 - 4:33 PM

The Sacramento Kings have interest in trading for Ricky Rubio, according to Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500.

To be clear, Wolfson reports that nothing is imminent on the trade front for Rubio and that he will indeed begin the year as Minnesota's starting point guard. However, if the Timberwolves ever look to shake things up in order open up some more minutes for Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn, the Kings are expected to be amongst the teams pursing a deal for Rubio. Although given what the Kings currently have to offer, it doesn't seem likely they'd be able to land Rubio.
Source: 1500 ESPN
Aug 16 - 3:51 PM

Ricky Rubio scored 15 points with four rebounds, four assists, one steal and one turnover in 22 minutes against Nigeria.

Missing all four attempts from deep hurt his efficiency, but besides that he went 5-of-7 from two and made all five from the line. Rubio hasn't quite looked in rhythm in Rio, but the Spanish would've been in trouble today without him running the show -- he was a team-high plus-29. Yes, he can't shoot as well as he probably should, but Rubio is one of the best 15 point guards in fantasy.
Aug 11 - 7:53 PM

Ricky Rubio failed to score in 12 minutes of action for Spain on Sunday.

Teammate Jose Calderon didn't even play, as Spain divvied up their point guard minutes between Sergio Rodriguez (10 points, seven assists) and Sergio Llull (nine points, three assists). Rubio didn't score double-digit points in a game during Spain's silver-medal run in 2008, and it looks like he'll be marginalized again this summer.
Aug 7 - 8:23 PM

Ricky Rubio (thigh) will not play for Spain during Monday's exhibition vs. Lithuania.

Rubio suffered a minor injury last week and the Spanish national team has no incentive to risk his health in a preliminary game. This has no bearing on his availability for training camp, where he'll try to build backcourt chemistry with impressive rookie Kris Dunn.
Jul 18 - 10:05 AM

Wolves owner Glen Taylor doesn't expect Ricky Rubio to be traded, but he said the team wants Rubio to improve his shooting.

"I don't see [a trade] as a likely possibility, Taylor said. "He plays defense, he gets assists, he helps the others get better ... I think [coach Tom Thibodeau] wants to bring an assistant coach to help Ricky on his shooting and I think that’s where we’re going to start out and go, and we’ll see how good Kris Dunn is." Thibodeau has suggested that Dunn and Rubio can share the backcourt, but the veteran's name will likely be a staple of trade rumors this season.
Jul 17 - 11:42 AM

Ricky Rubio exited Tuesday's exhibition game against Angola with a minor thigh injury, and he will not return.

Team Spain is describing the injury as a "charley horse," and his absence from the remainder of Tuesday's friendly is simply precautionary. There's nothing suggesting that this minor injury will affect Rubio's status for the 2016 Olympic Games.
Jul 12 - 6:53 PM

The Wolves reportedly offered Ricky Rubio and the No. 5 pick (Kris Dunn) for Jimmy Butler on Thursday night.

The Bulls are very high on Kris Dunn, but they reportedly wanted Zach LaVine instead of Rubio. It's no secret that the Wolves are at least exploring the idea of trading Rubio, and their decision to take Dunn at No. 5 only increases the chances of a move. Coach Tom Thibodeau said that he can picture Dunn playing alongside Rubio, but the trade rumors aren't going to quiet down anytime soon.
Jun 24 - 11:19 AM

Coach Tom Thibodeau said he expects Kris Dunn to play next to Ricky Rubio.

Thibs loves to play his guys big minutes, so he might go with an air-tight guard rotation. There are some rumors of Rubio headed out of town, so that will be something to watch. Thibodeau traditionally likes attacking guards, but maybe Rubio's defense can win him over.
Jun 23 - 10:14 PM

According to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Timberwolves are shopping Ricky Rubio.

This really comes as no surprise since Rubio doesn't fit what Tom Thibodeau wants to do. With the Wolves selecting Kris Dunn at No. 5 overall in Thursday's draft, Rubio's time in Minnesota is likely coming to a close sooner rather than later. His fantasy value would be dependent upon where he'd land, but Rubio's game is the same regardless of his destination. If he remains in Minnesota, it's unclear how playing time will shake out with Dunn and Zach LaVine in the mix. And then there's that Andrew Wiggins fella, as well.

In an interview with Catalunya Radio from Spain, Ricky Rubio said that he has to start thinking about being a part of a team that can reach the postseason.

"Next season will be crucial for me," he said. "I've been in the NBA for five years, and six years without playoffs would be a long time. At 26, I'd have to start thinking about teams that can get to the playoffs and win in the Finals." Rubio is signed through the 2018-19 season, but it's possible he becomes trade bait if the Wolves determine he's not a part of the long-term solution alongside Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns.
Source: ESPN
Jun 6 - 9:43 AM

Tom Thibodeau said that Ricky Rubio has established himself as a "very good player."

"The point guard position is such an important position in the way the team functions," Thibodeau said. "You need to have a good understanding where guys like to get the ball, who has a good matchup, what’s going on in the game and keep the team organized and I think Ricky’s really strong in those areas." Rubio managed to stay healthy and played in 76 games this season, averaging 10.1 points, 8.6 assists, 4.3 boards, 2.1 steals and 0.8 3-pointers on 37.4 percent shooting. He was a top-45 player in standard 9-cat leagues and should be a nice target in the middle rounds for owners who don't mind his turnovers and FG percentage.
Apr 22 - 12:39 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Ricky Rubio
2Kris Dunn
3Tyus Jones
4John Lucas
5Toure Murry
SG1Zach LaVine
2Rasual Butler
SF1Andrew Wiggins
2Shabazz Muhammad
3Brandon Rush
4Tayshaun Prince
PF1Gorgui Dieng
2Nemanja Bjelica
3Adreian Payne
C1Karl-Anthony Towns
2Cole Aldrich
3Nikola Pekovic
4Jordan Hill