After putting it on hold for two years, Barcelona point guard Ricky Rubio has agreed to play for the Minnesota Timberwolves next season.
A person with inside knowledge on the matter notified the Associated Press in the early hours of Wednesday morning that Rubio would play for the Timberwolves. But wished not to be identified, as Rubio nor the Timberwolves didn’t want to announce it until the end of the Spanish league season.
Rubio is currently playing for Regal FC Barcelona in the ACB Playoffs.
The Spanish guard was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves at number five back in 2009 NBA Draft – but Rubio decided to stay in Spain. His buyout clause was estimated at around five million euros.
In his time with Barcelona, Rubio won the Euroleague Final Four in 2010, under the watchful eye of Timberwolves President David Kahn. Unfortunately, Ricky and Barca could not repeat their success domestically, as they fell in the ACB Finals.
At this time, Minnesota have declined to comment. Minnesota spokesperson Mike Cristaldi said: “As of now, we have nothing new to report.”
This will come as great news for the Timberwolves. Who finished with the worst record in the NBA last season, and were pipped to the first draft pick by Cleveland.
Rubio turned professional at the young age of 14, after dominating the youth circuit. Ricky is a regular feature in the Spanish national side.