Milt Newton, the general manager of the Minnesota Timberwolves, says the team is in no rush to lock up point guard Ricky Rubio for the long-term.

Negotiations with Rubio and his agent are ongoing – there’s an October 31 deadline to reach a deal, otherwise Rubio becomes an unrestricted free agent next summer – and the T’Wolves say they’re optimistic, but will remain patient. Per the AP:

“We’re going to look at the situation the same way we did with Kevin [Love],” Newton said. “We’re going to do the best thing for the organization, and if we can get something done sooner, great. If not, we’re not necessarily in a rush.”

 

“Going forward, you want to show good will and trust in a player,” Newton said. “So it can kind of go both ways whether you wait or do something now, but it has to be right for both sides.”

 

Training camp opens for the Timberwolves on Sept. 30 and there was no indication on Thursday that a deal was close. Newton said “there are some things we agree on, some things we don’t agree on.” […] “I feel optimistic,” Newton said. “Knowing Ricky the person, he wants to be here. We just have to deal with his agent.”