Ricky Puts Off NBA for Two More Years

by Ryne Nelson

So you want to watch Ricky Rubio play next season? Go buy a EuroleagueTV pass. Matter of fact, if there’s a two-year special, make good on the savings today.

If it wasn’t clear once the Wolves took Jonny Flynn with the No. 6 pick, Ricky Rubio will finish the remainder of his contract in Spain:

The Minnesota Timberwolves’ top draft pick, Ricky Rubio, 18, will remain in Spain to play for his DKV Joventut basketball team for the remaining two years of his contract rather than try to move to the NBA this season, El Periodico reported today.

The Barcelona newspaper also says Rubio, who was paid $97,000 last season, plans to withdraw his contract lawsuit against DKV Joventut.

Let’s get one thing straight: Ricky playing in the NBA before 2011 was never meant to be.

It’s no one’s fault. Ricky wasn’t wrong for declaring for the Draft despite the real possibility that he’d have to finish his contract with DKV Joventut. The L-Wolves aren’t at fault for realizing Rubio’s sticky situation and making the best business move possible–selecting the Spanish wonder guard and stashing him away for safe trading. Joventut certainly isn’t at fault for asking Rubio to honor his contract. And how’s this for one really heinous thought… Maybe Rubio will be prepared to contribute in the NBA in two years.

When it all comes down to it, the only people who were wrong are those who assumed it was in Ricky’s best interest to play in the NBA next season. Guilty as charged.