But there are several key factors in play here.
First, David Kahn worked for Donnie Walsh, so you figure some of the patience that fans in NY have become accustomed to has rubbed off on the Wolves GM. He can field plenty of offers while his property is playing overseas. But, can he allow for the bad PR?
Secondly, don't expect the Knicks to overpay. Walsh likes Toney Douglas and any deal, to me, would have to include Wilson Chandler, who the team is extremely high on. He can be had in the right deal, but the team is in no rush to deal him. Nate Robinson would also be a huge draw in Minnesota, who can leverage his Krypto-Nate image. He's popular here, but I'd think that the fans in Minnesota would have an exteme soft-spot for the 5'8 underdog.
But it depends on how much Walsh sees the need for Rubio. I've recently heard that the team was higher on Stephen Curry than Rubio during the draft, which contradicts a source who told me that Rubio was the target. I believe they would have been happy with both, but judging on how they have chased point guards this summer, you'd have to think they would lean towards Rubio over Curry, as he has more experience at quarterback. Plus, D'Antoni himself admitted that Deron Williams, Chris Paul and Jason Kidd all noted that Rubio was "the real deal" at the Olympic games.
Without question, Rubio would be a fit under the right circumstances, and the two sides have reportedly talked plenty, but it would seem tonight's rumors are coming more from Rubio's camp than anything in a last ditch effort to have his client where he should be.