Ricky Rubio is Feeling Minnesota

by June 06, 2010

One year after spurning the Minnesota Timberwolves following the 2009 NBA Draft, Ricky Rubio has become more comfortable with joining the team for the 2011-12 season.

“Rubio’s arrival won’t happen for at least another year, but he told the Associated Press in Barcelona, Spain, that he has warmed to the notion of playing in Minnesota: “They have the best possibility because they hold my rights, and they’ve shown me how much they want me,” he said. “And for that, I have to be thankful toward them.”

The point guard also told his possible future coach that his timetable hasn’t changed: He intends to exercise a $1.4 million opt-out clause from his six-year Spanish League contract when it becomes available 13 months from now and play in the NBA beginning with the 2011-12 season.

“It was consistent with everything we’ve said all along,” Kahn said. “I fully expect to see Ricky in a Wolves uniform after next season.”