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.
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.