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Reports: Ricky Rubio agrees to join Timberwolves

Posted on: June 1, 2011 10:57 pm
Edited on: June 2, 2011 6:44 am
Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio reportedly has agreed to join the Minnesota Timberwolves. Posted by Ben Golliver. ricky-rubio

Is the long wait for Ricky Rubio finally over?

A person who requested anonymity and  with knowledge of the agreement confirmed to the Associated Press on Wednesday that the Spanish point guard will play in the NBA next season.

KFAN reported Wednesday night that the Timberwolves "have secured deal with Ricky Rubio to join team next season."

Yahoo! Sports reported soon after that Rubio has reached an agreement to join the Timberwolves, although the site noted that it's possible he did not yet sign a contract.
Ricky Rubio has reached an agreement with Minnesota to join the Timberwolves next season. There was a Tuesday deadline to sign under rookie scale of current CBA, and no announcement's expected until after Rubio's Euro playoffs end.

It's unclear whether Rubio signed agreement on Tuesday, or merely promised to exercise his Spanish buyout on July 1 and then sign with Minnesota.
The Associated Press confirmed the agreement.
A person with knowledge of the agreement confirmed to The Associated Press on Wednesday that the Spanish point guard will play in the NBA next season. The person requested anonymity because Rubio is still playing for his team in the Euroleague playoffs.'s Ken Berger also confirmed the report and noted that "Rubio agreed to a $1.2 million buyout with FC Barcelona, $500,000 of which is paid by Minnesota under NBA rules." He points out that Rubio's agreement "met NBA operational deadline to fall under current rookie scale."

Berger also notes that the news is going over big in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. The Rubio signing is a "huge shot in the arm," a source tells him.

The Star-Tribune reported that the agreement is "signed, a done deal to meet the current CBA deadline. Not an agreement to sign later" and that Rubio "will be introduced at a Timberwolves news conference after the Spanish league finals end later this month."

Finally, reported: "If there is a prolonged lockout, it's likely Rubio will continue to play for Barcelona, a plan the Timberwolves have endorsed."

Rubio's journey to Minnesota has been a long one. The team has worked for nearly two years to convince him to leave FC Barcelona to join the Timberwolves. Rubio's age, a hefty buyout on his contract and Minnesota's status as an NBA backwater and also-ran are thought to have been factors delaying his decision to come to the States. Timberwolves president David Kahn has taken enormous flak for his decision to draft Rubio given the player's initial reluctance to come to the NBA.

Still just 20 years old, Rubio brings loads of potential to the table, despite the fact that he's had a somewhat disappointing season. Rubio has elite passing instincts and ball-handling ability and has logged minutes for the Spanish National Team, including during the 2008 Olympics.  During the 2010-2011 season, Rubio has averaged 5.3 points and 4.4 assists in 23 minutes per game during ACB league play, Spain's top division. 

Assuming an agreement is completed and that he's not traded, Rubio pencils in as Minnesota's starting point guard next season. Minnesota has two other point guards on the roster for next season: veteran Luke Ridnour and third year player Jonny Flynn. Drafted one spot behind Rubio in 2009, Flynn has struggled with injury and grasping coach Kurt Rambis' triangle offense and has failed to materialize as a franchise point guard. Ridnour is a very capable back-up guard.

Since: Jun 8, 2011
Posted on: June 8, 2011 5:27 pm

Reports: Ricky Rubio agrees to join Timberwolves

if you watched the olympics in 2008 rubio was competing with the best of usa when he was 17!! you are telling me that you dont think he will be good in the nba and look at the timberwolves ages luke ridinour who will be just a role player next year is there oldest player at 30 they have the youngest team in the nba that is a stat not just me saying it they will not suck they have good prospects and rubio will be on a timberwolves team that will definitly be good in not very long you forget that they also have the 2nd and 20th pick in the draft. he is lucky he isnt on the aging lakers and im not gonna lie it would be sick for him to be on the heat but hes not so quit bitching

Since: Dec 27, 2008
Posted on: June 4, 2011 9:45 am

Reports: Ricky Rubio agrees to join Timberwolves

isten the timberwolves wouldn't get anywhere even if you had lebron james so dont put rubio down
Dude please stop embarrsing yourself. Look at what LBJ did w/ the cavs and tell me he wouldn't do the same w/ the wolves or better.

Since: Apr 29, 2011
Posted on: June 3, 2011 10:28 am

Reports: Ricky Rubio agrees to join Timberwolves

Also, look at Brandon Jennings, he barely played when he was in Europe, and he has turned out to be pretty decent in the NBA.

Since: Nov 7, 2010
Posted on: June 3, 2011 4:50 am

Reports: Ricky Rubio agrees to join Timberwolves

Rubio will be a much better player in Usa than in Europe
in Europe they play too dirty..and the field is little...they play slower, more physical, and lot of well-done zone
Rubio can not breath there..
also Ginobili was good there but nothing Nba not play defense until last quarter..Rubio can put good numbers

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: June 2, 2011 9:46 pm

Reports: Ricky Rubio agrees to join Timberwolves

I love how all these ppl can so accurately predict what a 21 yr old PG from Spain is gonna do in the NBA......U have NO clue whether he will be good or bad....So dont rip on the kid when u have no idea....
I can't believe professional scouts were so RIGHT about Darko Milcic based on his limited playing time in Eastern Europe... oh wait, he sucks. Great No. 2 overall pick that one was, right?

So if professional scouts can get it wrong, and they have and will in the future, who's to say random people can't get it right?

Based on what I've seen of the guy, along with the data available, I'm not impressed. His shooting percentage is terrible. He barely has an assist-to-turnover ration of 2-to-1 as a point guard... and all in a league with inferior overall talent than the NBA.

He may surprise and be good. But I wouldn't bet on it.

Since: Apr 10, 2011
Posted on: June 2, 2011 6:16 pm

Reports: Ricky Rubio agrees to join Timberwolves

I think he will help the T-Wolves!

Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: June 2, 2011 5:40 pm

Reports: Ricky Rubio agrees to join Timberwolves

  The guy looks a little like Pete Maravich. Probably passes like him, dribbles like him also.

Since: May 24, 2009
Posted on: June 2, 2011 4:47 pm

Reports: Ricky Rubio agrees to join Timberwolves

for a mickey mouse team like the timberwoves its a shame that he is not going to decent team, i think he would be perfect for the la lakers or miami heat, unfortunately this is not gonna happen, listen the timberwolves wouldn't get anywhere even if you had lebron james so dont put rubio down, he's the most talented young player in european basketball, for one he makes like 10 steals a game plus 10 plus assists a game when playing the whole 40+ minutes in a game. your lucky to have him, remember he is only 20 years old, so he will improve so much in the nba.

Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: June 2, 2011 3:58 pm

Reports: Ricky Rubio agrees to join Timberwolves

I figure I'll take this a step farther using a couple of quotes I ripped from espn

"He's gotten bigger and he plays outstanding defense, and because he's a pass-first guard -- he's going to be liked by everybody who plays with him," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said last year. Krzyzewski also coached Team USA against Rubio and Spain in Beijing.

"He's a special player and a very good point guard," Lakers forward and fellow Spainiard said earlier this season. "Very unselfish. He's got great size, great length. He knows how to play the game very well. He's got a great feel for the game. He's just a guy that will get the team going and do what he needs to do."

So I guess we can take those quotes for what they are worth considering the sources or I guess we can formulate our opinion from the vast knowledge of the people posting on here who have probably seen him once or twice on TV and certainly NEVER live or perhaps they have never seen him play at all. 

Thanks to everyone who suggests he will do good or bad or somewhere in the middle...why not also go into detail describing what it is like to travel in space since you probably have the same amount of knowledge about that?

Since: Jun 1, 2009
Posted on: June 2, 2011 3:07 pm

Reports: Ricky Rubio agrees to join Timberwolves

 Wow, we got Rubio.  He will give us 5 points and a whopping 4.4 assists per game.  Eat your hearts out, Miami fans!

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