Did Failed Eric Bledsoe Bid Show Timberwolves Are Open to Trading Ricky Rubio?

September 26th, 2014 by Dan Favale Leave a reply »

Ricky Rubio's future is dependent on any number of things, not the least of which is the Minnesota Timberwolves' failed bid for Eric Bledsoe that, if successful, may or may not have come at the Spaniard's expense.

Yes, this is all just as puzzling as it sounds.

Months into a contractual deadlock that made it appear Bledsoe and the Phoenix Suns reached an insurmountable impasse, the point guard agreed to a fancy five-year, $70 million contract, according to Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski. 

Not long after, The Associated Press' Jon Krawczynski put a Rubio-related spin on Bledsoe's new deal:

Those in charge of Rubio's negotiations will look at Bledsoe's pact for one of three reasons.

First and foremost, it can be used as market measurement.

Bledsoe and Rubio play the same position; they're both high-profile point guards. If Bledsoe was able to sniff max money at a time when talented point men are being devalued—Isaiah Thomas and Kyle Lowry, for instance—because of how common they are, Rubio's agents can argue that he, too, deserves something c ...

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