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Rubio camp meets with T-Wolves owner

Posted on: July 13, 2009 11:22 pm
Edited on: July 13, 2009 11:42 pm
 
LAS VEGAS -- Ricky Rubio's agent, Dan Fegan, met with Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor Monday to get acquainted and attempt to resolve the logjam that has the Spanish point guard almost certainly headed back to Spain for at least a year or two.

Nothing was decided at two separate meetings at the COX Pavilion during summer league play, and a resoolution is not imminent, according to a person familiar with the meetings. Minnesota thus far has resisted any overtures aimed at trading Rubio to a team that he'd be willing to join immediately.

Timberwolves GM David Kahn reiterated that he is prepared to be "extremely patient" with Rubio, "even if it means waiting a year or two." Rubio, 18, decided after Minnesota draft him that he preferred to return to his Spanish team rather than negotiate a buyout. All the Timberwolves can contribute to the buyout, according to the collective bargaining agreement, is $500,000. The buyout in his contract with DKV Joventut originally was for $6.6 million, but recent reports have placed it closer to the $4 million range.

The T-Wolves, who also drafted point guard Jonny Flynn, of course would retain Rubio's rights while he is playing overseas. He would be 20 years old and more experience when he eventually returned to the NBA.


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Since: Aug 28, 2007
Posted on: July 14, 2009 8:08 am
 

Rubio camp meets with T-Wolves owner

I can't blame either side, but Rubio really doesn't have too much leverage here. I thought Minnesota was crazy drafting two point guards, but maybe it might turn out for the best. They've got a guy in Flynn who really is NBA-ready right now. While Rubio could use a year in Europe anyway. The guy is a magician with the ball, but at 18, he doesn't have an NBA body nor an NBA shot. Minnesota is not a playoff team, so they could just sit tight and wait for him to sign or wait for the highest bidder.



Since: Apr 27, 2007
Posted on: July 14, 2009 4:07 am
 

Rubio camp meets with T-Wolves owner

Minnesotas gonna get the Scola treatment.  Spurs fans will know what i mean.

He wont play in the NBA until hes traded.



Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: July 14, 2009 4:05 am
 

Rubio camp meets with T-Wolves owner

Exactly what leverage does Rubio have? None. Flynn is a better PG than Rubio is and quite possibly will be better than him period.  Rubio is stuck, the Twolves have his rights for life.




Since: Apr 18, 2009
Posted on: July 14, 2009 3:44 am
 

Rubio camp meets with T-Wolves owner

Why feel sorry for them they got arguably the better player, and they don't have to pay him for two years. For a team that is far from competing and loaded with first round draft choices and tradeable contracts this was a very good deal. They can let him develope in Europe for two years and see what kind of player they got in Jonny Flynn in the meantime. I think the wolves front office is looking at the big picture and getting the best players available not just to play, but also for trades as well.



Since: Oct 14, 2006
Posted on: July 14, 2009 3:33 am
 

Rubio camp meets with T-Wolves owner

Minneapolis is not that small of a market the twin cities metro area is like the 15th largest market in the country ant I would say for the most part the average joe in MN has more spending cash than the average Joe in 11 of 15 or so larger markets. So he can blame the cold because it gets really freaking cold, but last time I checked they played indoors in the NBA. In the twin cities if you don't want to you don't really have to be out side for long at all skyways take you all over the down towns. This is about one more person who thinks that anywhere between LA and NY is filled with inbread hicks. There is pleanty of money for sponser ship in MN. Tori Hunter made a lot of money beyond baseball here. KG made a ton as well, hell Mauer on the cover of SI.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: July 14, 2009 2:53 am
 

Rubio camp meets with T-Wolves owner

Rubio will never suit up in a t-wolves uniform.  He doesn't want to play in minnesota.  Since Minn holds all the cards they can trade him to a major market like the knicks or LA where he can be put in the limelight.  Most european players, you have never heard of them unless you are a die hard b-ball fan, but this kid... most all have heard his name before.  Can't really blame him or his camp for wanting to get the most bang for their buck.



Since: Jan 1, 2009
Posted on: July 14, 2009 2:46 am
 

Rubio camp meets with T-Wolves owner

This article says absolutely nothing. I bet in a week or two they'll write another one that says the same thing with different words. Again...nothing.



Since: May 6, 2008
Posted on: July 14, 2009 1:59 am
 

Rubio camp meets with T-Wolves owner

But he seems to get a hell of a lot more in Boston, and he is not half as good as he was in Minnesota.



Since: May 6, 2008
Posted on: July 14, 2009 1:56 am
 

Rubio camp meets with T-Wolves owner

Uhhh, well when you have to PAY $5,000,000 to JOIN a team, or make 5,00,000 to NOT play for them, I think you have the right to be a little choosey on who this team is.



Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: July 14, 2009 1:13 am
 

Rubio camp meets with T-Wolves owner

KG seemed to get plenty of endorsements in the "small market" of Minnesota.


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