After the Minnesota Timberwolves decide what to do with Kevin Love, the franchise may face another landmark decision: whether to give point guard Ricky Rubio a five-year max extension. That's what Rubio's agent, Dan Fegan, is seeking, according to a report from KSTP's Darren Wolfson.
Rubio, who was selected fifth overall in the 2009 draft, came to the NBA from Spain in time for the 2011-12 season. Last year, Rubio averaged 9.5 points and 8.6 assists per game. His 704 total assists ranked second in the NBA, trailing only John Wall of the Washington Wizards. But Rubio struggled shooting the ball, shooting 38.1 percent from the field, second-lowest among players who played at least 30 minutes per game.
Rubio would be eligible for the rookie max extension, which takes up 25 percent of a team's cap figure. The exact numbers would not be known until next summer, but it would be similar to the max extension that Wall signed after his third year in the NBA, which was worth nearly $84.8 million over five years.
NBA teams are permitted one "Designated Player" who can receive a five-year extension. The Timberwolves infamously passed on making Love their "Designated Player" in 2012, signing him to a four-year deal that contained a player opt-out clause after the third year.
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Minnesota may be in a full-blown rebuild if it trades Love this summer. Rubio is on record as wanting Love to re-sign with the Timberwolves.
- Alex Hampl