According to multiple sources, Ricky Rubio is seeking a five-year, max contract extension with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Well, someone is looking to capitalize on the Kevin Love trade rumors isn’t he?
But before I really get into the article, remember a max contract for Rubio is $94.3 million over five years. For 99% of people reading this that is more than you would make if you lived your life 20 times.
9.5 ppg, 8.6 apg, 4.2 rpg, 38 FG%, 33 3PT%
Those are not the stats of a player deserving a max contract, instead they are the stats of a low-tier starting point guard.
Some people may argue that this is a move for the future, and Rubio will only improve.
Players like Gordon Hayward and Chandler Parsons received lucrative deals this offseason, and while they may not be completely deserved (Especially in Hayward’s case), these two along with other young players coming off their rookie deals deserve these big contracts because they have steadily improved in the early years of their careers and could become stars in the near future.
Rubio hasn’t really improved since he joined the league three years ago, and while he hasn’t regressed either the lack of improvement is concerning to say the least.
What is worrying is that as we all know Timberwolves’ management does not have the best track record. If Kevin Love is traded, the Wolves may panic and give Rubio the extension because they want to lock up their franchise player.
I am not saying Rubio is not deserving of an extension. What he brings to the locker room with his upbeat attitude is invaluable. However, he simply does not have the statistics to back up earning a max contract.
Rubio is not the Wolves best player. In all honesty, I would rather give a five-year max extension to Nikola Pekovic (Yes I know he signed a long-term deal last year, just an example).
Yes Rubio is a fan favorite, known for his high-pitched voice and feel good attitude, and it is hard not to love his personality as he is just an overall good guy. However it is easy not to love him as a player.
That 38 FG% is a real turn off for a lot of fans.
Actually for 85.6% of fans.
In a poll sent out by Bleacher Report with over 5,000 people surveyed, an astounding 85.6% of fans deemed that Rubio was not worth a five-year max deal.
As you know, I am part of the 85% but are you?
Leave your thoughts in the comments below! Would love to debate and any feedback is appreciated.