The Timberwolves are shopping point guard Ricky Rubio with Shabazz Muhammad to several teams. Minnesota is seeking a “bridge” guard in return who will eventually slide into a backup role behind rookie Kris Dunn.
DETAILS: The Kings reportedly have “strong interest” in a trade for Rubio, who is making $13.5 million for this season and will be owed $29 million through 2019. Minnesota, however, is looking for a better deal than what the Kings are offering.
With that being said, Jackson has enjoyed far greater production recently after averaging 18.8 points and 6.2 assists per game last season while leading Detroit back to the postseason.
Rubio, on the other hand, is averaging just 7.7 points and 7.9 assists this season. He has been in and out of the starting lineup with highly-touted rookie Kris Dunn waiting for a consistent opportunity.
Rubio has been playing better lately, posting a double-double in four of his last six games. Though he is considered a pass-first point guard, Rubio would be asked to provide some scoring in Detroit’s balanced lineup.
For that reason alone, this doesn’t seem like a good trade for Detroit. Jackson may be coming off a couple of injuries that cost him 21 games to start the season, but he is currently averaging 16.7 points per game. The Pistons can ill-afford to lose that scoring right now.
The move also makes little sense for Minnesota, who assumedly want to start Dunn sooner than later. Taking on Jackson’s salary would prohibit that, unless they moved Jackson again right away.
Crazier trades have happened, but this one smells a bit of desperation from Trade Cheap Jerseys two Rugby Cheap Jerseys teams struggling to remain relevant in their respective conferences.