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Report: Timberwolves nowhere on a Ricky Rubio trade

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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 03: Ricky Rubio #9 of the Minnesota Timberwolves dribbles upcourt during the first half of a game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on February 3, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

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If the Timberwolves want to trade Ricky Rubio, it’s apparently not happening before Thursday’s deadline unless something comes out of nowhere.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Rubio is a strange case. He repeatedly gets mentioned in trade rumors by national reporters only for Minnesota reporters to convey denials.

He’s young, good and locked into a reasonable contract for the next three years. Rubio is valuable.

His lack of outside shooting makes him a tricky fit, but smart teams would get enough from his crafty passing and stout defense to make him a net positive. Do the Timberwolves qualify?

The answer, as usual: for now.