HoopsHype Ricky Rubio rumors

November 8, 2014 Updates

"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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I asked Rubio what advice he has given Wiggins after coming over from Spain as the youngest player to play in the Spanish ACB League at 14. “It’s hard when you had all the hype and you have a couple of games where you don’t – I wouldn’t say respond, but if people don’t – see numbers because in this league it’s all about numbers,” Rubio replied. “Maybe you had six points, but you had a great game. It’s something that he had to understand. He had to feel good if he gave everything on the court. It’s something that he had to respect the process. It’s not going to come and score 20 or 25 points a game. That’s only something LeBron or Carmelo can do as a rookie. I think he’s been good so far knowing what to do to help the team.” SheridanHoops

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The Wolves initially offered Rubio a four-year, $44 million extension, urging him to take less money to give them the most flexibility going forward so they could build a team around him. Fegan and Akana knew the new $24 billion television contracts that are set to fully kick in in 2016 will change the economic landscape of the league. And with Love gone, Rubio was the new face of the Timberwolves, so they advocated for their client. "We didn't always see eye to eye, which is always good and the way it goes with agents," Saunders said Saturday. "We worked hard because I think all parties involved knew that the No. 1 thing that Ricky wanted is Ricky wanted to be here." NBA.com

Saunders made a point not to discuss business on the court and said Rubio made an even better impression on Saunders the coach than he did Saunders the executive. "You're watching so much film every day of your team from practice and that so you see the things that he does," Saunders said. "You see how he deals with the other teammates and how he deals with the coaching staff. I believe there's no question coaching him helped me from the perspective of I knew we wanted him, but wanting him even more." NBA.com

November 1, 2014 Updates

Ricky Rubio has reached an agreement on a four-year, $55 million contract extension with the Minnesota Timberwolves, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The contract includes $1 million in possible incentives, a source said. Rubio, 24, will make nearly $14 million a season for the Wolves, a package comparable to Eric Bledsoe’s five-year, $70 million extension with the Phoenix Suns. "I am really thrilled," Rubio wrote in an email to Yahoo Sports. "I couldn't be happier. They showed they believe in me and I'm up for the challenge. I want to lead this young team." Yahoo! Sports

The clock was ticking down toward the deadline for reaching agreement on an extension of his rookie contract, and just like he does on the court for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Ricky Rubio took charge. "I was talking with my agents and I told them I really wanted to stay here," Rubio told The Associated Press in a phone interview late Friday night. "I told them to make something work. At the end of the day it did happen and I'm happy about it." Associated Press

Rubio averaged 10.1 points, 8.1 assists and 2.3 steals but shot just 37 percent in his first three seasons. The shooting numbers led some to say the Timberwolves would have been better off waiting to see how Rubio performs this season before extending him an offer given that they would have had the ability to match any offer that he received on the open market next summer. But owner Glen Taylor has long been big on loyalty, and he reached out directly to Rubio earlier this week to make one last push. "I want to call Minnesota home for a long time," Rubio said. "That's why I signed the contract. My mom's going to get mad at me, but I don't leave home when I'm here. This is my second home. I really feel very welcome here." Associated Press

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