Point guard Ricky Rubio is eligible for an extension of his rookie contract and the two sides continue to have discussions to try to get a deal done. If a contract is not signed by Oct. 31, Rubio will be eligible to be a restricted free agent next summer.

Timberwolves general manager Milt Newton said on Thursday that he is optimistic the two sides can come to agreement, but the Wolves are remaining patient as the process plays out.

-- AP