Point guard Ricky Rubio is part of a young and exciting team that is developing in Minnesota right now and with the addition of head coach Tom Thibodeau, the future looks very good for the midwestern franchise.
As bright as the future looks, Rubio is now a five-year veteran of the organisation and has yet to see a postseason during his tenure. The Spaniard's form has remained steady over the past few years considering he has featured on a losing team.
Rubio typically puts up a fraction over 10 points a game and just south of nine assists to boot. With Karl-Anthony Towns, Anthony Wiggins and Zach LaVine blossoming around him, Rubio has never been in a better position to produce the goods at the Target Center.
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A production that verges on a double-double every night would certainly interest a lot of teams around the NBA should the 25-year-old ever become available and it seems if the Timberwolves were to fall short again next season, that might just be the case.
"When I arrived to Minnesota, my hope was to break the seven years' streak without [a] presence in [the] playoffs," Rubio said. "I still have that hope, but it's very tough mentally when year after year that goal is not met."
"Next season will be crucial for me. I've been in the NBA for five years, and six years without playoffs would be a long time. At 26, I'd have to start thinking about teams that can get to the playoffs and win in the Finals."
Rubio signed a four-year extension worth $56 million with the Timberwolves that started in 2015 and for a franchise to pick up his contract, and shell out around $14 million with the impending salary cap explosion, he probably could get his wish.
Still, it's a relatively strange statement to make with all the optimism surrounding the organisation right now.
Since winning the Western Conference behind MVP Kevin Garnett back in 2002-03, they've only finished above tenth once in twelve tries and they haven't made the playoffs.
But, after finishing dead-last in the West in 2015 with a record of 16-66, they improved last term to 29-53 with unanimous Rookie of the Year Towns inserted into the lineup.
The Timberwolves are committed to paying $61,644,947 next season and providing they pick up the team option on Damjan Rudez's contract, they already have 12 roster spots full for the 2016-17 campaign.
Rubio is the most expensive player at their disposal, but with the salary cap reportedly extending to around $93 million, Minnesota certainly have the means to hand out a max-contract in free agency should the opportunity present itself.
If the team stands still, they will still make progress from last season with their developing roster and Thibodeau at the helm. With a heavy-hitting addition this summer? They could placate Rubio and become contenders in the very near future.