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Old 06-02-2011, 12:37 PM   #1
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Default It's Official - Ricky Rubio is part of the Wolf Pack

MINNEAPOLIS -- 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 Wednesday night that Rubio will be in Minnesota next season, giving the woebegone Timberwolves a much-needed dose of good news.

The Star Tribune of Minneapolis reported that Rubio, whose Regal Barcelona team is in the Spanish league playoffs, signed a deal May 31, and a news conference would be held at the conclusion of the Spanish postseason.

The Timberwolves drafted Rubio fifth overall two years ago despite a buyout clause in his Spanish contract that topped $6 million. The enormity of the buyout, which would have come out of Rubio's own pocket, caused him to stay overseas rather than immediately come to the NBA, and there was talk that the precocious teenager did not want to play in Minnesota.

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