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Rumor: Kings interested in Ricky Rubio

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 10: Ricky Rubio #9 of the Minnesota Timberwolves brings the ball up court against the Toronto Raptors on February 10, 2016 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Jordan Johnson/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said not to expect a Ricky Rubio trade. But Rubio comes up so frequently in trade rumors, and Minnesota just drafted Kris Dunn.

Everyone expects the Timberwolves to shop Rubio eventually.

When they do, the Kings apparently want to talk.

Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500:

As Glen Taylor said on this podcast a couple episodes ago, Ricky Rubio will start the season with the Wolves. But I can tell you, as I’ve said a number of times, the Sacramento Kings are a team to watch. Vlade Divac, George Karl, now George Karl into Dave Joerger. Keep an eye on the Sacramento Kings if slash when the Wolves decide to make a move on Ricky. But, again, nothing is imminent. Ricky Rubio will be with the Wolves opening night.

Sacramento’s point guard situation is a mess. Presumed starter Darren Collison is facing domestic-violence charges. Backup Garrett Temple is underwhelming, 30 and signed for three more seasons.

The Kings could absolutely use Rubio.

I’m just not sure how they get him.

DeMarcus Cousins is obviously WAY too much. Rudy Gay – seemingly on the block – shouldn’t be enough. Sacramento could float Willie Cauley-Stein, Georgios Papagiannis, Malachi Richardson and/or Skal Labissiere. But Tom Thibodeau doesn’t strike me as someone looking to get younger. As young as Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine are, that trio could be ready to win very soon. The Kings also already owe the Bulls a protected first-round pick and the 76ers an unprotected first-rounder, which will make it harder to bridge a gap in player values.

Sacramento has enough movable assets where a trade is possible, but this seems like a longshot.