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Rubio spoke with the media via ESPN and extolled all of Gasol’s virtues. “He proved to the league he is one of the best,” Rubio said. “He can pass. He can shoot. He can rebound. He can do a lot of things. I think if you use him in the right way he is a top player in this league. If they don’t want him, we are more than welcome to get him.” Stop. The Gasol trade rumors burn so hard and so bright that the latter part of Rubio’s statement is due to get Gasol all but boxed up and shipped out to Minnesota wrapped up in a nice big bow. The odds on it not happening are strong because of common sense logic. Gasol is getting paid $19 million per year for the next two years. He is not in the prime of his youth and he’s had knee and concussion issues. The last thing that the Timberwolves of all clubs need is an overpaid veteran that can’t stay healthy. Rubio went on to note that Gasol’s issues with the team are not new. “It’s been the last two years that it seems like they don’t want him, but actually they need him,” Rubio said. “He’s a great player. He can do a lot of things and he had some issues with the knees, too. It’s been a lot of years without resting for him. But he’s a veteran. He knows how to play.” “It’s hard, when you are hearing things with the rumors that you are going to be traded, to be focused,” Rubio said. “Like he says, he’s a professional and he’s been playing for a long time and he’s going to keep doing what he doing.” Gasol is a warrior who is not content with just getting a check. He should be starting when he is available. This would not have happened if Phil Jackson was hired in lieu of Mike D’Antoni who has made a mess of this once proud franchise
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