Denver Nuggets Rumors: Team Should Go All-In On Ricky Rubio

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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.

Court Zierk is a Denver Nuggets writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @CourtZierk, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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  • Jacob Roggero

    I completely disagree. I have seen the vast majority of Rubio’s time in the NBA. I was really high on him when they drafted him, and I expected great things when he finally showed up. While he is a great passer and a decent defender he is an offensive liability. There is no way I would take him over Lawson. If you think that Ty has shown us who he is, then tell me what is so undesirable about a player that for the majority of the season was averaging almost 20pt and over 8ast? Only Chris Paul was doing that. Rubio is a better defender than ty and a better passer, but he isn’t a better player. Lawson is faster, shows more maturity, I think is more durable, and certainly more reliable down the stretch. I like Rubio a lot, but Lawson is a better player.

  • derf

    nuggets record without lawson on the court vs nuggets record with lawson on the court….

    enough said

    • Juan Diablo

      You could say the same thing about the Juwon Howard led nuggets also, and they didn’t make the playoffs either. They were a better team with Howard on the floor but they were terrible either way.

  • Juan Diablo

    Great read. Lawson doesn’t have that killer instinct, almost seems to not care at times (most times). Rubio in Denver could turn him into a Rondo type player, with D that isn’t quite as strong. Now if u threw him into the the Denver system with Karl at the helm, then he becomes a young J Kidd (before his jump shot developed). Might as well tank with Shaw here though since he is a terrible coach.

  • mcamire

    As a Nuggets fan I would be ticked off if they traded Lawson for Rubio.

  • Leo

    Ricky Rubio lead all NBA players in worst fg% at the rim(otherwise known as layups/dunks) 2 years in a row! He’s a god awful shooter, and a much worse player than lawson in general. Delete this article and pretend you never wrote it.

  • John Kobbeman

    Hahaha… this is the most ridiculous thing I’ve heard today. Let’s take a Top 10 PG and trade him for a PG who hasn’t made a shot since he was 15. I am certainly glad this guy isn’t calling the shots in the FO.

  • Anton

    A very bad idea. Lawson is simply much much much better than Rubio. And to say that the Ty Lawson experiment has “run its course” reflects that you need to pay more attention to the details. By various objective measures and the simple eye test, Lawson was by far the best and most integral player on the Nuggets last season. You may point out that the Nuggets only won 36 games last season, but that is not a strong point as they were the 2nd-most injury plagued team in the league. Lawson does have his weaknesses (lack of the “killer instinct” for example), but he is still improving and should be a huge part of the Nuggets going forward.