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Stan: As the Luckiest franchise T-wolves will be the 4-th ? if yes what's their pick ? Chad Ford: Actually they have a 35% chance of finishing 4th, a 17.8% chance of finishing 3rd, a 21.5% chance of finishing 2nd and a 25% chance of finishing first. So, finishing 4th is the most likely outcome actually. No conspiracy needed! If they go to fourth, I think they take Emmanuel Mudiay and explore trading Ricky Rubio (his camp has been pushing for a trade for a while) or break outside the consensus Top 4 and take Kristaps Porzingis. ESPN.com

Jeremy Johnson: Who would take him for that contract, that injury history, & limited impact? Without us adding something? Darren Wolfson: Recent injury clouds it. I know this: Flip budged on $55M because he knew he could trade the contract if ever need be. Twitter @DWolfsonKSTP

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The Minnesota Timberwolves released the following statement on behalf of Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations and head coach Flip Saunders regarding Ricky Rubio: “We have closely monitored the status of Ricky’s ankle injury during the rehabilitation process. Ricky recently experienced ongoing soreness in his left ankle and it became apparent that it was not responding according to its anticipated timeline for recovery. As part of this process we sought numerous opinions as to the best course of action. Ricky was most recently seen by Dr. Richard Ferkel of the Southern California Orthopedic Institute in Los Angeles and it was concluded that the best option would be to pursue diagnostic arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle. At the time of his initial injury we stated the importance of Ricky’s long-term health. He is an integral part of our future and we are taking every precaution to ensure that he will be able to perform to the best of his ability next season. This decision was one that was reached between Ricky, his representatives, the Timberwolves organization and the foremost practitioners in this field of orthopedics. The surgery will be performed on Monday by Dr. Richard Ferkel of Southern California Orthopedic Institute in Van Nuys, California. A further update on Rubio's estimated recovery period and anticipated return to basketball activities will be provided following the procedure.” NBA.com

Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio will have arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle early next week, a league source told Yahoo Sports. Rubio missed 43 games after badly spraining his left ankle on Nov. 7 against the Orlando Magic. The source said the surgery is considered to be a "minor cleanup" after the Spaniard had his "good and bad days" after returning to play. Rubio is expected to be ready for the T'wolves training camp next season, but the source said it is "highly unlikely" he will play for Spain this summer during the European championships. Minnesota signed Rubio to a four-year contract extension worth $55 million in November. He finishes the season with career lows in field-goal percentage (35.6) and 3-point percentage (25.5) while averaging 10.3 points, 8.8 assists and 1.7 steals in 22 games. The ankle injury and a torn left anterior cruciate ligament in his rookie year has limited Rubio to playing just 202 of a possible 309 games in his four-year NBA career. Yahoo! Sports

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But with the Wolves slumping to a 16-60 record thanks in large part to injuries to Rubio, Kevin Martin and Nikola Pekovic, they decided to shut down their franchise point guard to try to ensure that he would have a healthy summer. He will not need surgery and plans to let the ankle heal on its own. "If we feel they're going to aggravate it more or hurt it more by playing, we're not going to let them play," coach Flip Saunders said. ESPN.com

Jon Krawczynski: Rubio said he will think about Spanish National team after season. "Priority this summer is my health. I owe this team (Wolves) a lot." Twitter @APkrawczynski

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