T'Wolves owner shoots down Ricky Rubio trade talk

Despite the Minnesota Timberwolves’ decision to draft Kris Dunn — this year’s top point guard prospect — with the No. 5 overall pick, it doesn’t look like the team is ready to part ways with 25-year-old starting point guard Ricky Rubio just yet.

At least not according to T’Wolves owner Glen Taylor.

“I don’t see [a Rubio trade] as a likely possibility,” Taylor said this week, per the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “I just think the coach, everybody, likes Ricky. I think we want him to come in and improve on his shooting. But his other things, he plays defense, he gets assists, he helps the others get better. He has some wonderful qualities.”

Rubio, the oft-injured point guard originally chosen to be the future of the franchise with the fifth overall pick in 2009, has shown flashes of greatness during his five NBA seasons, but his inability to stay on the court (116 missed games) and his shooting struggles (career 36.8%) have prevented any sort of greatness from coming to fruition.

On the flip side, he’s a proven passer, a solid defender and rebounder, and…

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