MIAMI — Now we know something good has to be in store regarding the labor negotiations between the owners and players. There absolutely has to be something there.
The news that Ricky Rubio might finally headed to the NBA for the 2011-12 season confirms it for us, courtesy of Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune, who confirmed that Rubio will make the jump from the Spanish league to :
Yes, he will.
A winding, often secretive 23-month saga over whether Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio ever will play for the Timberwolves is over.
Rubio on Tuesday signed an NBA contract to play with the team next season, a league source confirmed Wednesday night to the Star Tribune.
A news conference introducing him two years after he was drafted will be held when Rubio’s European season ends later this month.
Rubio signed May 31, the last day he could secure a contract for next season under the terms of the league’s current labor agreement.
By doing so, the 20-year-old potentially guaranteed himself millions of dollars more than if he waited to sign under a new labor agreement, whenever that might come.
The current agreement expires July 1 and NBA owners are seeking major financial concessions from players in difficult negotiations that could total hundreds of millions of dollars.
Thus ends the team’s pursuit to sign a teenage sensation who seemed reticent to play in cold, snowy Minnesota when the Wolves selected him fifth overall in the 2009 draft.
We understand not everyone is convinced, a somewhat skeptical Kevin Love, the Timberwolves’ All-Star power forward, took to Twitter last night to share a wide range of opinions on the topic:
— Ricky Rubio huh? I’ll believe it when I see it…
— Just thinking about pick and rolls…goodnight
But we’ll hold out hope on both fronts — that something breaks in the collective-bargaining discussions and that we will all get a chance to see Rubio sporting a NBA jersey next season.