All of the buzz about David Kahn is about how he stocked up on a bazillion point guards in the draft.. and how dumb he seems to be for doing it.
But is he really?
He said this morning on ESPN Radio that he had extensive talks with Ricky Rubio. Rubio’s father said today that Ricky could come back to Spain and play a couple more years.
So if Rubio really does go back to Spain, the TWolves now have options. There’s some talk about Jonny Flynn being the most well rounded guard in the draft, and he has the potential to turn into a triple double threat. Meanwhile, Rubio will probably continue to grow and get better against pro competition in Europe, only enhancing his reputation.
If Flynn does mature into a team leader, then the Wolves have Rubio just sitting there gaining value. At least a couple of the other point guards picked up in the first round will become busts. At that point, Kahn can flip Rubio into NBA-ready players to help fill out some needs that pop up over the next two years.
If Flynn is one of those busts, then he can be ditched at the end of his rookie deal, and then a more mature Rubio can slide in and take over at the PG spot.
Yes, it’s a big gamble. But the entire draft is a big gamble. One thing Minnesota has is time. They’ve got a roster full of young talent and they admit that they’re not winning a title in the next 2 or 3 years. They’re building and they know it. Their moves last night were confusing… until the possibility of Rubio returning to Spain came up. Then it all snapped into place.
If Kahn knows something we don’t about Rubio… then he might have just pulled off the slickest move of this year’s draft.