Ricky Rubio had his best season as a pro during the 2016-17 season for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Rubio posted career highs across the board, which included shooting over 40 percent from the floor for the first time in his career.
After being subjected to trade rumors, Minnesota's starting point guard turned it up to another level in the second half, averaging 16 points and 10 assists per game after the All-Star break.
With Rubio reaching a new level of success and being the longest-tenured player on the roster, he believes he should have more influence on the team's front office.
“Yes, I would like my opinion to have more weight on things that affect the team," Rubio said to a Spanish website, according to Eurohoops.net. "And I think that is linked to the performance on the court. My second leg of the season gave me more power. And I want things to go well."
Rubio also admitted that ever since childhood he always liked to be the leader of his teams. And although he may come off as quiet, he believes deeds and sacrifices are what matters to the team.
The Timberwolves have one of the most exciting, up and coming rosters in the NBA, yet they still missed the playoffs for a 13th consecutive season.
Just last weekend, ESPN reported the New York Knicks' front office would like to pursue a trade for Rubio.
With Minnesota drafting Kris Dunn No. 5 overall in last year's NBA Draft, there's good reason to believe the team views Dunn as the point guard of the future and not Rubio.