The Wolves are pursuing Pau Gasol and are offering Derrick Williams in the process, according to two sources.
Minnesota offered Derrick Williams to the Bobcats for the No. 2 overall pick in hopes of helping to acquire Gasol.
The Wolves want to pair Gasol with Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio.
Ricky Rubio will have an MRI on his left knee on Saturday, several hours after his knee buckled in the final moments of Minnesota’s loss to the Lakers.
“Possible ACL,” the source briefed on Rubio’s condition said. “We’ll know more after the MRI. … There’s a lot of worry right now.”
Rubio came across to trap Kobe Bryant and fell to the floor as Bryant collided with him. Rubio was on the floor for a few moments until teammates carried him to the bench.
Ricky Rubio describes his playing style and talks about how his skills will translate to the NBA.
Considered a weaker draft in terms of players, this year’s talent grab will not suffer from big names in trade talks.
Pau Gasol, Andre Iguodala, Monta Ellis, Chris Kaman, Jonny Flynn and Kevin Love are just a few of the names that have been mentioned. At least give David Kahn credit for being aggressive. He got Rubio when no one ever thought he would.
Now, Kahn is shopping the second pick in the draft and there also appears to be some truth to the rumor that Kevin Love could be had for the right cost. Timberwolves are interested in teaming Rubio with another Spaniard, Pau Gasol, and there are rumors a proposed trade had Love and the second pick in the draft going to L.A. for Gasol.
Ricky Rubio is making his long-awaited move to the NBA and will join the Minnesota Timberwolves next season.
The highly touted 20-year-old Spanish guard ended two years of speculation Friday, saying, “I have finally decided to start the journey” to the NBA. “It is my dream and I want to fulfill it,” he said. “After thinking about it a lot, the time has arrived.”
The Timberwolves chose Rubio with the No. 5 pick in the 2009 NBA draft, but his $6 million buyout clause at Barcelona — of which an NBA team could pay only $500,000 under league rules — made him stay in Spain until it came down to a more manageable $1.4 million.
Recent comments made by Minnesota Timberwolves draft pick Ricky Rubio have raised questions about his future, despite reports earlier this month that his NBA arrival was imminent.
“We are talking with Barcelona and we will soon see,” Rubio said after Barcelona beat Bilbao for the Spanish league title Tuesday night.
Rubio also said he was “very happy” after Barcelona won the Spanish league title, according to the Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo. “This title is the most widely appreciated. At last I have it and we must all be proud of it.”
Ricky Rubio is coming to Minnesota after all.
The Spanish point guard has agreed to join the Timberwolves next season, ending a drawn-out, delicate, two-year negotiation with the team that had many league observers believing he did not want to play in Minnesota.
A person with knowledge of the agreement confirmed to The Associated Press on Wednesday night that Rubio will be here next season, given the woebegone Timberwolves a much-needed dose of good news. The person requested anonymity because neither Rubio nor the Timberwolves planned to make an official announcement while he continues to play for Regal Barcelona in the Spanish league playoffs.
Rickey Rubio would prefer to know if there will be a lockout before committing to joining the Minnesota Timberwolves for next season. The NBA’s labor agreement expires June 30.
The Timberwolves would prefer to know before the draft whether the 20-year-old point guard, their top pick from 2009, will buy out his contract in Spain. The draft is June 23.
“That is the question,” Wolves owner Glen Taylor said this morning. “He’s asking how that (lockout) might affect him, if we don’t play or if we will play. And our answer is, ‘We won’t know the answer to that question. You’re going to have to make your decision before that.’
A Timberwolves contigent led by David Kahn are spending the next week in Spain for this weekend’s Euroleague Final Four and to continue work they intend will get Ricky Rubio signed to a NBA contract within a month.
Rubio has a $1 million buyout with Regal Barcelona. By NBA rules, the Wolves can contribute only $500,000 to such a buyout.
Ricky Rubio has resisted the advances of the Minnesota Timberwolves since before the team even drafted him with the fifth overall pick back in 2009.
Now the St. Paul Pioneer Press is reporting that “a little birdie says the Timberwolves have received word from Ricky Rubio’s family that he’s open to signing with them for next season – if there is a season.”
Of course the 20-year-old 6-4 guard could just take the safe route and keep playing for FC Barcelona instead of involving himself in any potential NBA labor lockout.