No NBA This Year for Ricky Rubio

By on September 2, 2009 in

After a summer of repeating that the NBA is the right place for him this upcoming season, Ricky Rubio just recently backed out after the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Spanish team DKV Joventut reached contract agreements for him to play in the U.S. Rubio told Timberwolves president David Kahn earlier this week that he wanted to stay in Spain for another two years, in order to further develop his game for NBA league play. 

“It appears now we will have a two-year wait. But if you frame it as he’ll be 20 years old and he’ll have two more years to develop, I can think of a lot worse things to happen to us as a franchise,” said Kahn. “It’s just been a tough summer. From an 18-year-old’s perspective and his family’s perspective, it was very nerve-racking.”

Minnesota will now turn to their second choice Johnny Flynn as their starting PG.  Flynn has certainly impressed the T-Wolves during NBA summer league play, winning rookie of the month for July.  Looking ahead the Timberwolves are scheduled to take on the New Jersey Nets at the Target Center October 28th for their first regular season game.

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