According to multiple reports the Knicks were in deep conversations with the Timberwolves to exchange Derrick Rose for Ricky Rubio straight up.
The deal would reunite former MVP Rose with Minnesota head coach Tom Thibodeau. When Thibodeau spoke to the media after the deadline he said, ” I love our team, I love the way we’re working.” He also added that “If there was a deal that made sense, we would’ve made it.”
Rose is having his most consistent season in a long time as he’s played in 48 games so far, and is averaging almost 18 points per game. Rubio on the other hand is putting up nine points and eight assists.
You gotta be scratching your head if you are only looking at the players production wise right? At first glance its obvious Rose is the overall better player and could possibly play even better under Thibodeau who he had the best years of his career under.
The only way this non trade makes sense is when you factor in the fact that Minnesota has three young guys who need the ball in their hands more to develop and a ball dominant point guard who is past his prime wouldn’t help their development.
In that sense Rubio has the perfect playstyle to benefit the younger guys.