Ricky Rubio has signed to play for the Minnesota Timberwolves next season according to KFAN's Dan Barreiro. It seems to be true, too, as Adrian Wojnarowski also confirmed it a few minutes later on his own Twitter account.
Rubio, who was drafted by the Wolves with the fifth pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, apparently signed with the Wolves by Tuesday's May 31 deadline and will now not have to worry about any new implications regarding the rookie salary scale under a new NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement.
This doesn't necessarily mean Rubio will be wearing a Wolves uniform next season as David Kahn, Minnesota's president of basketball operations, could still trade the Spanish point guard in a deal prior to the NBA Draft. It does mean, though, that Kahn's job was probably saved as it would have looked pretty bad if he wasn't able to lure Rubio to Minnesota within three years of spending a top five pick on him.
Now hopefully the Cleveland Cavaliers draft Duke point guard Kyrie Irving later this month or the Wolves could have another sticky situation on their hands as both Luke Ridnour and Jonny Flynn are under contract for the 2011-12 season.