Ricky Rubio Announces He Will Join Minnesota Timberwolves

Ricky Rubio has announced that he signed a contract to join the Minnesota Timberwolves for the 2011-12 season.

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Ricky Rubio, Timberwolves Announce Spanish Point Guard Is Coming To Minnesota

Ricky Rubio announced on Friday morning that he has indeed signed a contract to join the Minnesota Timberwolves for the 2011-12 season. Rubio announced the decision, which had been reported back in early June but not confirmed publicly by either side, days after his Barcelona squad won the Spanish league championship.

Under the NBA's current collective bargaining agreement, the Wolves had until May 31 to sign Rubio, the team's 2009 first-round draft pick, to a contract under that old CBA. Had they failed to reach an agreement, they could not have signed Rubio until a new CBA is adopted. That could be quite a while, if the worst fears about a labor stoppage are realized.

Rubio was the No. 5 pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. Instead of joining the Wolves straightaway, he signed a contract to play with Barcelona, with a buy-out option after two seasons. Friday's announcement would indicate that a buy-out has been reached or is not seen as a problem. Rubio struggled in Spain the last two seasons, but is still considered by many to be a top point guard prospect.

For more on Rubio and the Wolves, visit Canis Hoopus and SB Nation Minnesota.

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Ricky Rubio Set To Join Minnesota Timberwolves, Will Hold Press Conference Friday

After two years of waiting, Ricky Rubio will finally join the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to a report on Thursday night. Rubio is set to announce his intentions to play for the Timberwolves this coming season, and has reportedly taken the necessary steps and filed the paperwork to play in the NBA. On Friday, he'll hold a press conference in Barcelona, and is expected to make the move official.

According to ESPN's Ric Bucher, Rubio had to complete multiple steps and a variety of paperwork had to be filled out before the move could happen. As of Thursday, though, Rubio has completed all he needs to and is ready to join the NBA.

Rubio, the Timberwolves and his Spanish team, FC Barcelona, agreed to the necessary terms to meet the May 31 deadline, sources said.
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No action could be taken until Rubio's season with FC Barcelona was over, so the final approval process did not begin until the team completed its league championship run Tuesday night. A letter of approval from FIBA, the last step, awaited NBA commissioner David Stern when he arrived at his office Thursday morning, a source with knowledge of the process said.

Finally, after years of indecision and weeks of bouncing back-and-forth, it appears the saga will be over. We'll have more on Rubio and his press conference as it become available in this StoryStream.

For more on the Wolves and Rubio, visit Canis Hoopus and SB Nation Minnesota.   

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Ricky Rubio Remains Non-Committal About Whether He'll Play For Minnesota Timberwolves In 2011-12 Season

Ricky Rubio is still not willing to confirm published reports that he has reached an agreement to play with the Minnesota Timberwolves for the 2011-12 season. In an interview with the Associated Press following Barcelona's victory over Bilbao to win the Spanish league title on Tuesday, Rubio would only say that people will "soon see" if an agreement can be reached.

Recent comments made by Minnesota Timberwolves draft pick Ricky Rubio have raised questions about his future, despite reports earlier this month that his NBA arrival was imminent.

"We are talking with Barcelona and we will soon see," Rubio said after Barcelona beat Bilbao for the Spanish league title on Tuesday night.

Multiple outlets reported that Rubio and the Timberwolves had reached an agreement a couple weeks ago. The Timberwolves were unwilling to confirm the news until they could introduce Rubio later in June. 

The Timberwolves needed to reach an agreement prior to May 31 if they wanted to keep Rubio on his rookie-scale contract. If they were not able to do that, Rubio can sign for more money, though he is handcuffed by the current Collective Bargaining Agreement uncertainty.

For more on the Wolves and Rubio, visit Canis Hoopus and SB Nation Minnesota.    

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Ricky Rubio Comes To America, And David Kahn Is A Champion!

Ricky Rubio's decision to finally join the Minnesota Timberwolves was the only thing that could save David Kahn from himself.

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Ricky Rubio Arrival Should Make Timberwolves' Jonny Flynn A New Focus Of Trade Rumors

Ricky Rubio will join the Minnesota Timberwolves for the 2011-12 season, according to reports. Not only does that affect Minnesota's draft strategy, but it puts incumbent young point guard Jonny Flynn at the center of trade rumors.

The Wolves took Rubio at No. 5 and Flynn at No. 6 in the 2009 NBA Draft, having picked up that fifth pick in a trade with the Washington Wizards. Rubio stayed in Spain for two years, opting for comfort in Barcelona as he grew. Flynn drew the short stick, and has struggled mightily under Kurt Rambis in Minnesota.

Jerry Zgoda of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune thinks Flynn will be gone soon with Rubio's pending arrival.

You can bet [Flynn] will be traded by draft night to make room exclusively for Rubio. Possible trading partners: Toronto, Detroit, Sacramento, Phoenix.

Rubio would then share point guard duties with veteran Luke Ridnour, who struggled with injuries last year after signing with Minnesota as a free agent. The problem, of course, is that the Wolves have already sucked out all the value Flynn once had. (With Flynn obviously on the block, that's pronounced even more.) Flynn was among the worst shooters in the NBA last season, posted -1.3 Win Shares per Basketball Reference and has a career 1.55 assist-to-turnover ratio.

But he's still just 22, and played for the most dysfunctional franchise in the NBA, under possibly one of its worst coaches with an awful supporting cast. Can Minnesota land a late first-round pick for Flynn? A player of any repute? We'll see. The best plan to save face might be to work out a deal with one of the teams mentioned by Zgoda for a conditional first-round pick protected for the lottery for 2-3 years, which then reverts to a second-round pick if not consummated. A Juan Carlos Navarro.

For more on Rubio and the Wolves, visit Canis Hoopus and SB Nation Minnesota.

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Ricky Rubio Signing With Minnesota Timberwolves Could Affect 2011 NBA Draft Strategy

Now that the Minnesota Timberwolves have found a way to sign Ricky Rubio, the question is, what's next? Whether Rubio turns out to be a star or bust, two things must be made clear: the Timberwolves needed this shot in the arm, and they have built the team in such a way that they are assuming he is the real deal. So now, they must build their team and decide whether the current pieces on the roster fit his preferred style of play.

The first decision that must be made will happen at the 2011 NBA Draft. The Timberwolves hold the No. 2 pick, but they have been rumored to be open to trading it to find more help or to acquire more picks. The logic was that they needed another veteran with so many young players already on the roster. But according to Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated, their tune has shifted.

Despite reports, I'm still hearing MIN has every intention of keeping the No. 2 pick. Want another young star to join with Rubio, Love    

The question is, who? Neither Kyrie Irving or Derrick Williams, the two players most rumored to be taken with the No. 1 overall pick, are good fits with Minnesota. Irving plays Rubio's position, while Williams seems superfluous with Kevin Love and Michael Beasley manning the forward spots. The Timberwolves could select Enes Kanter at No. 2 overall, or trade down and acquire more picks. I also still think moving the pick for a veteran makes some sense, with Rudy Gay of Memphis being the guy I'd target.

Regardless, the Timberwolves will need to figure out which players fit in with Rubio. Love is certainly a fit, but beyond him, the Timberwolves need more shooters and scorers. Beasley is a scorer, but is also a ball-dominant forward who may not mesh with Rubio. Wes Johnson, last year's No. 4 overall pick, may be a better fit as a defender and three-point shooter. The Timberwolves will also have to find another big man, with Kanter being an interesting fit, and will need to figure out a trade package for Jonny Flynn, who is now expendable.

No matter what happens, simply getting Rubio to the U.S. is just one step in the Timberwolves' rebuilding effort. With so many moving parts and pieces that may or may not fit, David Kahn certainly has his work cut out for him, and it begins at the 2011 NBA Draft.

For more on Rubio, visit SB Nation Minnesota and Canis Hoopus.

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Ricky Rubio To Be Introduced By Timberwolves After Barcelona's Season Ends

Ricky Rubio will indeed join the Minnesota Timberwolves for the 2011-12 season, Jerry Zgoda of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports. Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news late Wednesday. Rubio and the Wolves had a May 31 deadline to reach an agreement under the current collective bargaining agreement; any deal signed after the deadline would have been subject to a new CBA being negotiated by the NBA and players union. That could have decreased Rubio's earnings potential once he made the jump, and was the apparent impetus for his move.

Zgoda reports that the Wolves continue to refuse comment and will wait to introduce Rubio to Minnesota fans and media until the end of June. Rubio's Barcelona is still in playoff contention in the ACB, the top Spanish league.

The next question is who will coach Rubio in Minneapolis. Kurt Rambis' job remains in question as Kahn concentrated on Rubio and NBA Draft preparations. Kahn has been deemed safe by franchise owner Glen Taylor -- and pulling Rubio over certainly doesn't hurt -- but Rambis remains standing on a trap door that could drop at any moment. If anything, landing such an important piece like Ricky may demand that a change is made; the mood surrounding the Wolves in Rambis' tenure has seemed exceedingly awful.

For more on the Wolves and Rubio, visit Canis Hoopus and SB Nation Minnesota.

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Rick Rubio Will Play For Minnesota Timberwolves In 2011-2012 Season, According To Report

Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that Ricky Rubio and the Minnesota Timberwolves have reached an agreement that will bring Rubio to Minnesota in the 2011-2012 season.

Rubio was drafted by the T'Wolves in 2009 with the fifth pick in the NBA draft but Rubio has spent the past two seasons playing professionally in Spain.

According to Wojnarowski,some details still need to be explained.

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 Minny.

For a while, it looked like Minnesota was destined to spend another season watching Rubio from afar while despising the other point guard taken in 2009, Jonny Flynn. Now, it seems as though they'll finally have the chance to see if Ricky was worth all that hype, all that concern and what's certain to be all that money.

For more on Rubio and the Timberwolves, check out Canis Hoopus.

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