Forget Melo: Houston Rockets Should Focus on Acquiring Ricky Rubio

January 8th, 2011 by Taylor Smith Leave a reply »
With the trade deadline less than two months away, trade speculation surrounding Denver's Carmelo Anthony is beginning to heat up. 

The New Jersey Nets have been the most overt team in their efforts to deal for Anthony, but the Orlando Magic, Dallas Mavericks, and Houston Rockets are all reportedly interested, as well.

Due to Anthony's reported steadfast desire to get himself to the Knicks, I'm not of the belief that the Rockets should go all-in for him. 

While Houston does have the assets necessary to trade for Anthony while still keeping enough talent in town to remain competitive, the possibility that he'll just bolt once the season is over makes it a risky proposition.

Instead, the Rockets should make a concerted effort to try and pry the rights to Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio away from the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Rubio was drafted No. 5 overall by the Wolves in the 2009 draft, but currently plays for the Spanish club Regal FC Barcelona. 

He signed a six-year deal with Barcelona in late August 2009, but the contract gives him an option to leave for the NBA following the 2010-11 season.

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