But he would have lost a year of development without playing at a competitive level and there would be increased uncertainty about his ability/willingness to play in the NBA.
A year of development playing point guard next to a point guard? I don't think other teams would have increased uncertainty about it at all.
In fact, most teams think the Wolves were pretty stupid to draft the two real point guards. If they could, I bet almost every team in the league would advise Rubio to sit out, becauase they would jump at the chance to make him their point guard.
Look, I'm sure if Kahn talks about it again, he'll change my mind yet again, because the guy is smooth as silk.
But if I were Rubio, and the Wolves drafted me, I'd be a little put off. I'd look at their horrible record, bad ownership, and NO COACH!! and wonder if this is a real team or a mom and pop farce. Then I'd think about playing with Jefferson, and a fresh start, and they'd start talking big contract... and maybe I'd warm up.
Then they'd tell me "oh yeah, by the way, we drafted the only other real point guard in the draft with our other pick. We really feel this is the best way to put a winning team on the court. Don't worry at all, we still want you to run the point, it will work out. Flynn will be a mainstay for us, and his greatest skill is passing... but just trust us, we have a great track record in these kinds of things."
Frankly, if I were Rubio, sitting out a year is EXACTLY what I'd be thinking about. I don't see all that much downside.
And if another loser team wants to throw away a draft to try to screw with him... he really could just play in Europe. Teams would not eff with him, I don't think. A team that really wants him, and that he really wants to go to, would take him.
The Wolves need to work overtime to make sure he's happy and understands exactly what the long term plan is. And when I'm not listening to Kahn talk about them playing together... I really think it might be to have Johnny Flynn as the point and use Rubio as a trade chit. They need to work that carefully or it could blow up in their faces. Make the kid happy.