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Ricky Rubio Signs Sponsorship Deal With Adidas

Emerging Minnesota Timberwolves rookie star Ricky Rubio has reportedly signed a sponsorship deal with Adidas.

February 24, 2012; Orlando FL, USA; Team Shaq guard Ricky Rubio of the Minnesota Timberwolves (9) during warmups before the BBVA rising stars challenge at the Amway Center in Orlando. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
February 24, 2012; Orlando FL, USA; Team Shaq guard Ricky Rubio of the Minnesota Timberwolves (9) during warmups before the BBVA rising stars challenge at the Amway Center in Orlando. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

It was a very exciting rookie season for Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio. Before a late-season tear to his ACL derailed the fun, Rubio along with emerging star Kevin Love were turning heads and leading the Timberwolves to a possible playoff berth with some great play.

Now it looks like Rubio's exciting rookie year was noticed by the fine people at the Adidas shoe company, as it's been reported that Rubio has signed a deal with them, swiping him away from rival company Nike. (Note that the article is in Spanish, hat tip to HoopsHype for getting the rumor out there in English first.) Translated:

21-year-old Spanish star Ricky Rubio has agreed on a sponsorship deal with Adidas. Although the duration of the contract and the figures have yet to be released, it is a fact that Adidas gives a dramatic effect to its arch rival in the market, Nike, which counted Ricky Rubio among its players until last year.

Also mentioned in the article -- only Derrick Rose and Dwight Howard are set to make more money from Adidas now than Rubio under the new deal. Not bad for a 21 year old getting over a torn ACL.

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