Ricky Rubio Agrees to Play for Timberwolves
Spanish basketball star Ricky Rubio is ready to bring his talents to the NBA.
A source confirmed to the Associated Press on Wednesday that the 20-year-old point guard has reached an agreement with the Minnesota Timberwolves, ending a two-year negotiation with the team that made him the fifth overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.
Rubio opted to sit out the first two seasons of his NBA eligibility in favor of Spanish League team Regal Barcelona, raising speculations that the European sensation was not interested to play for the Timberwolves. Rubio would have been required to fork out $6 million of his own money to buyout his Barcelona contract had he decided to play in Minnesota during the 2009 season. According to ESPN, Rubio’s buyout has now been reduced to $1.4 million, with the T-Wolves allowed to contribute $500,000 to the amount under NBA rules.
Rubio first burst into the European scene in 2005, when he became the youngest-ever to play in the Spanish ACB League at 14 years old. He was also a member of the Spanish national team that lost to the USA in the 2008 Olympics basketball final.