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European Guard Ricky Rubio Interested in Playing For Celtics

Will Ricky Rubio join the Boston Celtics? (Photo by Nike.com)

Two years removed from being the fifth overall selection by Minnesota in the 2009 NBA Draft, Ricky Rubio has his sights set on a big city market.

According Jonathan Givony, of the New York Times, a representative of Rubio said that the well-hyped point guard — and his family — wants to play on the East Coast.

“He’ll continue to say all the diplomatic things, and Minnesota needs to keep his value up for trade purposes, but the family’s preference is to be on the East Coast, specifically New York, Miami or Boston.”

Rubio is currently under contract with the Timberwolves, but by all accounts, Rubio plans to stay in Europe as he has little desire to play for Minnesota. This type of action by Rubio may cause General Manager David Kahn to trade the 20-year-old to receive some type of compensation because at this point, Rubio will not play in Minnesota.

Rubio’s story is well-known. From his play at just 14 years old to all of his awards and achievements, Rubio has had a cloud of hype hover over his head for many years. However, Rubio’s production on the court hasn’t been what many forecasted. Rubio is currently averaging 7-points-per-game with four assists in 22 minutes of action a contest.

Still, being so young, the 6-3, 180-pound Rubio has a high ceiling that will translate well to the NBA — for the Celtics? Not likely. With Rajon Rondo in the first year of his new five-year contract, the Celtics don’t have a need for Rubio unless he were to play in a backup role, something Rubio is unlikely to do.

Furthermore, you have to think of the compensation that the Timberwolves would be expecting in return. The Celtics would have to trade youngsters Avery Bradley, Semih Erden and/or Luke Harangody, plus a draft choice. The price surely wouldn’t come cheap for a team that — on the surface — doesn’t need another young point guard.

With Danny Ainge, you never know. So as of right now we’ll take it for it’s worth. It’s meerly Rubio and his camp suggesting that he wants to play in a big basketball market.

About Matthew Marcantonio - @M_Marcantonio

Matthew Marcantonio is the Patriots and college football editor at Sports of Boston. Marcantonio has contributed for two newspapers; the Sentinel & Enterprise (Leominster, Mass) and The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La) and held internships with The Bleacher Report and Sports Illustrated.

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