Thursday, June 2, 2011

Ricky Rubio

Ricky Rubio: Ricky Rubio Timberwolves Reach Deal: Spanish Point Guard To Join NBA Next Season: MINNEAPOLIS -- Ricky Rubio is coming to Minnesota after all.

The Spanish point guard has agreed to join the Timberwolves next season, ending a two-year negotiation with the team that had a few stops and starts.

A person with knowledge of the agreement confirmed to The Associated Press on Wednesday night that Rubio will play in the NBA next season. The person requested anonymity because neither Rubio nor the Timberwolves planned to make an official announcement while he continues to play for Regal Barcelona in the Euroleague playoffs.

The Timberwolves drafted Rubio fifth overall two years ago despite a buyout of his Spanish contract that topped $6 million. The enormity of the buyout caused Rubio to stay overseas rather than immediately come to the NBA, and there was talk that the precocious teenager did not want to play in Minnesota.

The current labor uncertainty complicated the negotiations. But Rubio ultimately decided he was ready to come over now.

Timberwolves spokesman Mike Cristaldi said the team was declining comment. "As of now, we have nothing new to report," Cristaldi said.

The news marks the successful end to a long, and often winding, daliance between the Timberwolves and Rubio. Wolves President David Kahn spent two years in a complex, delicate negotiation, not wanting to put too much pressure on the youngster yet still emphasizing how much the team was looking forward to bringing the slick-passing point guard to the United States.
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