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Ricky Rubio To Leave Spanish Team, Enabling Him To Join Wolves – Or Not

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In an interview with the Associated Press, Ricky Rubio has stated that he intends to leave DKV Joventut Badalona, the Spanish team that drafted him as a fourteen-year-old. How Rubio will accomplish that is another thing, since the issue of the $6 million buyout is still on the table. Minnesota Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations David Kahn is currently in Spain and one has to assume the reason for that is to assist Rubio in negotiating the buyout.

One would also assume that considering these developments, the likelihood of Rubio joining the Wolves roster next season has increased. Not so fast – if Rubio is indeed released from his contract with DKV, other Spanish teams would be interested in him.

The Spanish AP story said Spanish clubs Real Madrid and Barcelona are interested in signing Rubio, the 18-year-old who was the fifth player taken in last month’s draft, if he does not play in the NBA this season.

Another potential roadblock for the Wolves in getting Rubio to Minneapolis this season is this quote from Rubio:

“I want to continue with the club but, after everything that’s happened, I don’t think they’re too comfortable having me in their squad…I want to play in a winning team, on a team that can achieve many things.”

Uh-oh. Winning team? Achieve many things?

Um, Rubio is aware that he was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves, right?

Rubio has one foot out door in Spain [Star Tribune]