Ricky Rubio & Fran Vazquez?

Wednesday night, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, reported Ricky Rubio of F.C. Barcelona and the fifth pick of the 2009 draft, will join the Minnesota Timberwolves next season.

As many of you already know, Rubio’s most famous teammate in Barcelona, at least in the eye of Magic fans, is Fran Vazquez. Vazquez was selected by the Magic with the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft but has remained in Spain.

With the rumors of Vazquez’s possible move to America to play with the Magic, Rubio’s move to the NBA can’t be bad news for the Magic, who would love to have Vazquez join the club next season.

Vazquez, who is now 28 years, is 6’10 and weighs about 230 lbs. He’s a skilled player but has not put up big numbers in Europe.

Vazquez is considered an “awesome finisher” according to Draft Express, because of his length. He’s a solid rebounder and an excellent shot-blocker. He’d likely give the Magic an immediate upgrade on defense as a backup at the Four or the Five.

(Andrew Melnick is Howard the Dunk’s lead blogger, ESPN 1080′s Magic Insider (http://espn1080.com) and is the co-host of the ESPN1080.com Insiders Show Sunday mornings at 10:00 am EST. Subscribe to his RSS feed, add him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter to follow him daily. You can download the HTD app here).

Topics: Brandon Bass, Dwight Howard, F.c. Barcelona, Fran Vazquez, Marcin Gortat, Minnesota Timberwolves, Orlando Magic, Ricky Rubio, Ryan Anderson

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  • Miguel

    Even though Vazquez is quite smaller than Gortat (although Vazquez has 7’6 wingspan), I think Vazquez’s size, athleticism, and defensive skills are something that the Magic need to get them back on track. I see Vazquez being able to play both the 4 and the 5 positions on the team. However if he does come over, he needs to add some muscle. Convincing Vazquez to come over to play should be a strong priority for Otis Smith.