According to reports, Jose Calderon tore a muscle in his leg during the final moments of the game with the USA. He will miss at least 4 weeks. It looks like Rubio will be finding himself with a bit more playing time, and focus, in the coming tournament. Calderon injured
It'll be interesting to see how Rubio looks as the starting, and featured PG. As with most everyone who watched the friendly match between Spain and the USA, I was impressed with Rubio's game. His work in transition and his off-ball defense is NBA ready. I also like that his game has grown over the past year... and he looks like he is working on his strength as well.
It is very difficult not to project Rubio into the Wolves' lineup and try to picture how his ability to facilitate would elevate the collection of talent into a cohesive offensive unit. I think I can say the same about his defense at this point. While his 1 on 1 D looks average, though against very good and athletic competition, his team D is very good.
Put aside that nagging question about "IF" Rubio comes to play for the Wolves, we'll just assume at this point. What do the Wolves need to do, this year, to have the team ready for when Rubio comes over? I think that it's safe to say that nearly all the personnel moves this past off season have been with Rubio in mind. With Rubio on the Wolves, with basically the same talent in place, could that ever be a playoff team?