Fake NBA Trade of the Day 7/2/16: Rubio to Chicago

Rubio Bulls

Every day, Pick and Popovich will post one fake trade and explain why it makes sense for every team involved to make it. There are no parameters beyond fitting within the salary cap. Sometimes the trades will involve stars, others role players. They are not grounded in actual rumors, they just make sense on paper. 



Chicago Bulls Receive: 

Ricky Rubio




Timberwolves Logo

Minnesota Timberwolves Receive:

Nikola Mirotic

Doug McDermott


Why Chicago would make this trade: Because they need a point guard desperately, and while Rubio presents a lot of the same problems playing with Jimmy Butler that Derrick Rose did, his defense and passing are such assets that they could be overcome. After all, what shooter wouldn’t want to play with those two setting him up?

Why Minnesota would make this trade: Because Minnesota needs shooting just as desperately as Chicago needs a point guard, and at the very least Tom Thibodeau knows these two from his days with the Bulls.

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