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Ricky Rubio 'Open' To Signing With The Minnesota Timberwolves

Ricky Rubio, the fifth overall pick of the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2009 NBA Draft, is averaging 6.1 points, 3.7 assists and 1.8 turnovers for the Regal FC Barcelona while playing over 21 minutes per game in his team's Euroleague competitions this season.

Those numbers aren't overly impressive, obviously, but there's recent rumblings -- via Charley Waters of the Pioneer Press -- that Rubio might be interested in coming to Minnesota next year! It's probably still a long shot, but any optimistic news about the Minnesota Timberwolves is worth getting out there.

A little birdie says the Minnesota Timberwolves have received word from Ricky Rubio's family that he's open to signing with them for next season - if there is a season.

The NBA's labor agreement expires June 30, and that's an issue for Rubio, the Wolves' 2009 first-round draft pick who could continue playing for FC Barcelona in Spain if there is an NBA lockout.

I hate that Waters is sourcing "a little birdie," but like I said earlier, any optimism is good optimism ... even if it comes from little birdies.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.