Earlier this month there were reports that a source claimed Spanish guard Ricky Rubio would be playing in the upcoming season for the Minnesota Timberwolves. The source had requested to remain anonymous because Rubio’s team FC Barcelona are still competing in the Euro-League Playoffs. Well, the playoffs are now over and Rubio’s team defeated Bilbao for the Spanish League Championship on Tuesday night. The point guard however did not sound like he was set to make the jump to the NBA after the game when speaking with reporters.
The “Pioneer Press” reported on Wednesday that the player who was selected fifth in the 2009 NBA Draft by the T-Wolves left the door open for him staying in Spain with his comments. Rubio told reporters “We are talking with Barcelona and we will soon see.”
If Rubio decides to stay with his current team it would certainly reflect badly on Minnesota Team President David Kahn and Team Owner Glen Taylor. The T-Wolves finished the regular season with the worst record in the Association and the team has been made sport of since they took the guard with that high a selection; especially when they drafted point guard Jonny Flynn with the very next pick in the draft. Minnesota has the second pick in the upcoming NBA Draft which will be held on June 23. There has been speculation that they may try to make a deal to trade the pick.