The latest out of Minnesota is that Ricky Rubio may become part of NBA trade talks given his upcoming restricted free agency status, and his desire for a five-year max deal that the Minnesota Timberwolves would be unwilling to match. I have long thought that the Denver Nuggets need to restructure the composition of their team, and this might be the perfect opportunity for them to do just that.
The Ty Lawson experiment has run its course, and although I really like him as a player, he always seems to be one step short of taking his game to the next level. The Nuggets know what they have in Lawson and it just isn’t enough, especially with the type of players he is surrounded with.
That is not to say that Rubio is the answer to the Nuggets’ championship dreams, but he would significantly alter the identity of this team, and I really don’t think that is a bad thing.
Rubio makes the players around him better, and he would instantly upgrade this team if they have any ambitions of running a fast-paced, up-and-down type of game to take advantage of the high elevation they play half of their games at. Imagine Rubio running the fast break with JaVale McGee, Kenneth Faried and Danilo Gallinari running the wings. I think you may just see a SportsCenter Top 10 play every night.
More importantly, opposing teams tugging on their shorts and gasping for air would become a regular sight.
Sending Lawson to the Timberwolves gives them what they need in return — an immediate replacement for their starting point guard position. And although Lawson comes with a higher price tag, there are ways to even out the money. Packaging Lawson and Quincy Miller in return for Rubio and Corey Brewer essentially evens out, for instance.
Honestly, I think this Nuggets team needs to alter the course it has been on for the past four years. This may not be the cure for all of this franchise’s woes, but can it really hurt the Nuggets at this point? What’s the worst that can happen? This team tanks and fans are stuck with a high lottery pick with which to build around? That wouldn’t be the end of the world, would it?
Alternatively, what is the upside? Maybe, just maybe, this team could make it past the first round of the playoffs, and that in and of itself would give this fanbase something to be hopeful for. Heaven knows they deserve it.