Wolves Expect Ricky Rubio in NBA for 2011-12 Season
Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations David Kahn has a message about Ricky Rubio. In a phone conversation today, he explained:
Don’t believe anything you read, or any kind of emotional outburst, or any kind of emoting of any sort that he will not play here.
Nothing could be further from the truth. I’m looking very forward to him starting his career here with the Minnesota Timberwolves in what I assume will be a year-and-a-half.
Why a year and a half?
He doesn’t have a buyout at the end of this year. I’m assuming it will be difficult for him to leave. Barcelona paid a lot of money for his buyout, about $5.3 million, they’re obviously going to want to amortize [their] investment over a couple years. There is a buyout after that, however.