Point guard Ricky Rubio, in Italy for an appearance at the adidas Eurocamp, said Sunday he plans to call teammate Kevin Love in the next few days to try to find out why the star forward wants to leave the Minnesota Timberwolves. In an interview with NBA.com on Sunday, Rubio said he will travel to Los Angeles on Monday to train with his new shooting coach but he also will make a phone call to Love once he's back in the United States. "I don't want to convince him if he doesn't want to stay. But I want him to stay and I'm going to tell him what I think, which is we've been improving every year and he's a great player, he helps us a lot," Rubio told NBA.com. "I think we need to make the next step. ... The media says it's pretty settled, but I don't know what he thinks. What I've been hearing is from the media, not from him, so I don't trust that. It can be an opinion from you guys. I just really want to talk to him as a teammate." The Wolves have improved upon their win totals each season with Rubio and Love on the team, from 17 to 26 in 2011-12, to 31 in 2012-13 and to 40 last season. But the team hasn't made the postseason since 2003-04 and hasn't finished above .500 since 2004-05 (44-38). If Love does end up leaving the Timberwolves in a trade, Rubio said that alone wouldn't prompt him to also want out of Minnesota. But he made it clear he doesn't want to be part of a rebuilding effort in Minnesota.
Rubio to make pitch to Kevin Love
ESPN | Jun 9