Image Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn | US PRESSWIRE
Image Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn | US PRESSWIRE

Pau Gasol and Ricky Rubio are teammates on the Spanish National Basketball team. Leading up to the Lakers match-up with the Timberwolves tonight, Ricky Rubio was asked about Pau Gasol’s move to the bench, and issues between the Lakers big man and his coach and team. Rubio had some strong words for the Lakers:

“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.”

Rubio continued:

“It’s hard, when you are hearing things with the rumors that you are going to be traded, to be focused. 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.”

Finally Rubio praised his fellow Spaniard, and offered a solution for the big man:

“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.”

Pau Gasol to Minnesota trade rumors have been floating around for quite some time now – usually based on the premise of Minnesota wanting to unite good friends Rubio and Gasol.

Where there’s smoke, there’s a fire?