The time has finally come where the 20-year-old, Spanish sensation of a point guard, Ricky Rubio, officially signs with the organization that drafted him with the No. 5 pick overall in the 2009 NBA Draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves.
On Thursday, Rubio tweeted that he will hold a news conference in Barcelona on Friday to discuss his basketball future. He's expected to confirm that he will play for the Timberwolves next season.
Just days after his team FC Barcelona won the league championship, many were skeptical as to whether or not he would still make the move to the NBA. The skeptics are now silenced as Minnesota general manager and team president David Kahn's hard work and perseverance have paid off by getting Rubio to the NBA.
Kahn has been under sweltering heat by many Timberwolves fans for drafting an international prospect that wasn't guaranteed to join the team. He selected Rubio over the likes of Golden State's Stephen Curry, Toronto's Demar DeRozan and Milwaukee's Brandon Jennings.
In order for Rubio to be able to play next season, Rubio had to reach an agreement with Minnesota and submit it to the NBA by May 31, which he did.
Without chain of command overseas approval, however, Rubio would not have been able to make the move to the NBA. His old team FC Barcelona had to authorize his release with Spanish League officials. Then those officials had to send their approval to the international basketball federation, FIBA.
Rubio and the Timberwolves could not make their move official while FC Barcelona was still making their run for a league championship, which kept both sides quiet, though news still leaked out.
The last piece to the puzzle was the letter of approval from FIBA.
An inside source said the letter of approval awaited NBA commissioner David Stern when he arrived at his office Thursday morning.
This is essentially a done deal for the Timberwolves and Rubio. The last bit to this is waiting for Rubio's press conference, which will take place later today.
The 2011 NBA Draft is less than a week away, but Minnesota and their fans should already feel excited and hopeful for the future of their team.
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