Tag:Ricky Rubio
Posted on: July 20, 2009 12:31 pm

Wolves prez heads to Spain for Rubio talks

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.
Posted on: June 26, 2009 1:51 pm

Rubio: Let the speculation begin

When the Minnesota Timberwolves drafted Ricky Rubio at No. 5 -- and then immediately took fellow PG Jonny Flynn at No. 6 -- it may have been the start of an interesting journey that could end with at least one of the rookies lpaying elsewhere.

Rubio first has a contract buyout to negotiate with his former team in Europe, which Timberwolves basketball operations vice president David Kahn says will be an "interesting ride," according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

For Rubio, staying in Europe is apparently not out of the question, either.

"Right now I wouldn't rule out at all returning to Spain," El Pais quoted him as saying.

He also said he might be willing to postpone his debut with the Timberwolves a bit.

"It's a team that would even wait a year for me, so we'll see if I come over next year or not."

The Sacramento Bee speculated that Rubio was disappointed with the Kings passed him up with the No. 4 pick, and even more dejected with Minnesota claimed him. Confusing the issue even further was the selection of Flynn right afterward. Kahn said he would like to pair up Flynn and Rubio in the backcourt, but others speculate that the Wolves will try to deal Rubio or Flynn.

As far as Rubio's apparent disappointment with being selected by Minnesota, the Star Tribune quoted Kahn as saying it's not the location that's the issue.

"I don't think its a destination problem," he said. "I really don"t. I believe he would have been more than happy to play in Oklahoma City, and with all due respect to Oklahoma City."

Posted on: June 9, 2009 10:25 am

Several teams interested in Grizzlies' No. 2 pick

The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports that the Grizzlies have been approached by several teams interested in acquiring their No. 2 overall pick in the NBA Draft.

The story mentions the Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets and New York Knicks as the names rumored to be asking about the pick.

Of those three teams, only the Knicks have a first-round pick (No. 8 overall) they could possibly use as part of a trade. Boston and Houston would probably have to part with some established talent to sweeten the deal for Memphis.

The Knicks are said to be interested in acquiring Ricky Rubio .
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