There was a bit of rumor mongering regarding Ricky Rubio on Wednesday after the Spanish point guard told reporters that "We are talking with Barcelona and we will soon see" when asked about the Minnesota Timberwolves, but it seems to have only been a miscommunication.
Rubio was apparently referring to his contract and its buyout situation, according to Chris Sheridan, as he's already signed his contract according to two of the ESPN reporter's sources.
"This is just a bump in the road for (the Timberwolves)," one source told Sheridan.
The bump, according to multiple reports, is that Rubio will have to pay a $1.4 million buyout prior to gaining the FIBA clearance that would allow him to play in the United States. The Wolves can pay $500,000 of that while it's been reported that the team has set up several local endorsements to cover the remainder of the fee.
By the way, Rubio's team won the ACB Championship, but he only played 38 minutes and attempted just four shots while dishing seven assists and turning the ball over six times in the three-game series.