The matter has been complicated — beyond even the $8 million buyout figure — by the fact that Rubio has agents in both the U.S. and Europe and his father is involved in negotiations.
Still, that he hasn’t signed with another European team thus far indicates it’s still most likely he ends up in the NBA, and the Wolves, this season.
The buyout is everything in this deal, and DKV Joventut’s demands likely look too rich for European teams.
Spain may have been missing their star player, Pau Gasol of the LA Lakers, with a broken finger, but they still had Rudy Fernandez of the Portland Trailblazers and Ricky Rubio (pictured), who was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves in June.
Fernandez hit 11 points and Rubio 13 while Juan Carlos Navarro and Marc Gasol both sunk 17 as the hosts eased to an impressive victory.
Murphy had been a general assignment reporter; in addition to helping out on the Wolves, he’ll do Gophers hockey. (Should be a busy winter for him.)
Don Seeholzer will move from the Wolves beat to the copy desk “while helping with some other initiatives,” Bass says.