MINNEAPOLIS — Four days after Ricky Rubio was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves, it appears that the teenage Spanish sensation has become the most wanted man in the NBA.
Executives across the league are flooding Timberwolves president David Kahn’s office with calls offering trades to bring Rubio’s slick passing skills and moptop hairstyle to their cities. In the Twin Cities, fans can’t wait to see the highlight factory zipping behind-the-back feeds to Al Jefferson and Kevin Love.
But Rubio’s availability for the upcoming season has been cast into doubt by a $6.6 million buyout of his contract with DKV Joventut in Spain. His agent, Dan Fegan, is trying to negotiate that number down to ease the financial burden on his client, and there is some question as to whether Rubio wants to play in the relatively small Minnesota market.
With all of those factors, one would think Kahn is feeling some pressure to resolve the matter.
Kahn is declining comment on Rubio for the time being, preferring a low profile that doesn’t ruffle any feathers in the Rubio camp.