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Rubio’s coming, just a little “bump” with his buyout

Jun 16, 2011, 8:13 AM EDT

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Next season, whenever that starts, Ricky Rubio will be with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Whether he brings a jump shot with him is another question, but he will be here.

So what was with his little comment a day ago that he is still talking with Barcelona (the Spanish team where he has played the last two years)?

It’s about money. Like it always it is. Chris Sheridan at ESPN has the details.

Ricky Rubio has already signed a contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves and the holdup keeping him from leaving Barcelona is related to his buyout agreement, multiple sources told ESPN.com.

“This is just a bump in the road for (the Timberwolves),” said one source.

That was supposed to be a $1.2 million buyout. The Wolves can only pay, $500,000 of that. You can bet that part of the negotiations include where Rubio will play next year if there is an NBA lockout.

  1. barkley4life - Jun 16, 2011 at 8:31 AM

    I’m interest to see this kid play in the NBA especially after the Brandon Jennings experiment two years ago. Wondering if the more physical and cerebral play over there translates over here into better pg’s. No doubt Jennings benefitted from that experience and playing with more mature ball players. His sick mid range jumper didnt hurt either lol.

  2. randysavage4ever - Jun 16, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    Like I ended yesterdays Rubio debate on the previous PBT post…

    I apologize for my aggressive & intense analysis of the situation…

    Moving on to today, best of luck to Rubio in his NBA career, he is a special talent, and hopefully he will be 1 of the best international players in the NBA a la Dirk, Gasol, and so many others.

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