Ricky Rubio finally agrees to play for T-Wolves

Vlado Ilievski of Union Olimpija challenges Ricky Rubio (R) of Regal Barcelona during their men’s Euroleague basketball group B game in Ljubljana January 27, 2011. REUTERS/Srdjan Zivulovic (SLOVENIA – Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

It has been a long time coming, but Spanish guard Ricky Rubio has reportedly agreed to play for the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2011.

Apparently, the uncertainty of the NBA labor situation prompted Rubio to lock in his guaranteed salary under the current rookie wage scale instead of waiting to see what kind of concessions the owners were able to get from the players under a new CBA.

I’m sure that GM David Kahn feels some vindication, but he should wait until Rubio pans out as a good NBA point guard before he starts patting himself on the back. Let’s not forget that he passed on Stephen Curry and Brandon Jennings to draft Rubio and Jonny Flynn.

Rubio’s prospects aren’t as bright as they were two years ago. He’s been dealing with a foot injury and has been coming off the bench for Regal Barcelona.

Kevin Love responded to the news with some disbelief, but then started thinking about running pick and rolls with Rubio.

It will be interesting to see how this affects the T-Wolves’ draft. They have the #2 overall pick and the top point guard in the draft, Kyrie Irving, may be available if the Cavs decide to take forward Derrick Williams of Arizona.

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