HoopsHype Ricky Rubio rumors

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The clock was ticking down on Halloween night, and millions of dollars hung in the balance for Ricky Rubio and several other players who entered the NBA in 2011 and were up for extensions of their rookie contracts. To make matters worse, they were faced with weighty decisions about their futures while regular season games were being played, leading many involved in the process to express concern about the timing of the deadline. These are talks that could make players free agents after the season if not nailed down, and though they deserve the full attention of everyone involved, the Oct. 31 deadline means many negotiations drag into the regular season. Many hope the date will be moved up. "It becomes very difficult," Minnesota Timberwolves president and coach Flip Saunders said. "The league encourages you, if you got a game that night, you might want to get that thing done. It would be beneficial to have the date moved before the start of the regular season." Boston Herald

ubio didn't have to play on Oct. 31, the day he signed a four-year, $55 million extension. But he did play twice earlier in the week while the talks were ongoing, and it was a stomach-churning experience. "There was a lot of stuff going on off the court I didn't like," said Rubio, now sidelined indefinitely with a severely sprained ankle. "At the end of the day, it's business and you have to have that part." Boston Herald

November 9, 2014 Updates

Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio is out indefinitely after a magnetic resonance imaging exam taken Saturday confirmed his left ankle is not broken. He suffered a “significant” sprain when he was injured just before halftime on Friday night in Orlando, the team said. Rubio will remain on crutches for the next 10 days to two weeks, after which he will be re-evaluated when the swelling subsides and he can place some weight on his left foot, coach Flip Saunders said. Rubio did not attend Saturday night’s 102-92 loss to the Heat but will remain with the team here through Monday, then will return to the Twin Cities while the Wolves head to play Houston in Mexico City. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Saturday’s MRI did not show a high ankle sprain — typically a slower-healing injury than a low ankle sprain — but Saunders said that won’t be known for certain until some time goes by. “In two weeks you can ask me,” he said. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

November 8, 2014 Updates

Joe Cowley: This is Rubio's ankle - blacksportsonline.com/home/wp-conten… Twitter @suntimes_hoops

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio may miss as many as 7-8 weeks with a badly sprained left ankle, a person familiar with the injury told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the injury. Rubio sustained the injury in Friday's game against the Orlando Magic after landing awkwardly on a drive to the basket with 2:28 left in the second quarter. The team said he'd be out indefinitely with a significant sprain. USA Today Sports

Jeff Zillgitt: While Timberwolves announced G Ricky Rubio is out indefinitely with a significantly sprained left ankle, I'm told he could miss 7-8 weeks. Twitter @JeffZillgitt

"There was no question it was like someone popped a balloon when Ricky got hurt," Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders said after the 112-103 loss. "Ricky has been kind of our leader; he's been the heart of our team." While Saunders said the X-ray didn't reveal a break, he expressed concern that it could be a high ankle sprain—which can require several weeks of recovery. "He popped it pretty good," Saunders said. Bleacher Report

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