The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Timberwolves president of basketball operations David Kahn will visit Spain this week with the idea of being "helpful" in getting Ricky Rubio the contract buyout he'll need to sign with Minnesota for the 2009-10 season.
NBA rules will only allow the Timberwolves to contribute $500,000 to a potential buyout with Rubio's European team, DKV Joventut, but the total of the buyout could hit a maximum of $6.6 million. The story noted that DKV Joventut is one of the most financially strapped of all the European teams, which are all struggling in the sluggish world economy, so the team could be desperate enough for the buyout money that they'll accept a lower amount.
It is also possible that Rubio could have lined up enough sponsorship money and endorsement deals to easily pay for the buyout, the story noted. So while the sum total of the buyout could be substantial -- especially considering how little the Timberwolves are allowed to contribute -- there may be hope yet for the Wolves to get Rubio into a Minnesota uniform in the upcoming season.