Timberwolves hand Rubio 4-year extension

Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) – The Minnesota Timberwolves and guard
Ricky Rubio have agreed to terms on a four-year contract extension, the team
announced on Friday.

Rubio and the Timberwolves settled on a $56 million contract, which includes
$1 million in incentives, just hours prior to the midnight deadline, according
to the Star Tribune.

The 24-year-old has become the leader of the Timberwolves since Kevin Love was
traded to Cleveland in the offseason.

“We are excited to sign Ricky to a contract extension and keep him as a
foundation for years to come,” said Timberwolves head coach Flip Saunders.
“Ricky is only in his fourth season and because of his work ethic and
determination, we are confident that he will continue to grow as a player and
a team leader.”

Rubio started all 82 games last season and averaged 9.5 points and 8.6

The dynamic Spaniard had a sensational rookie season cut short after suffering
a torn ACL in March of 2012. He finished with averages of 10.6 points and 8.2
assists per game.

Selected fifth overall by Minnesota in 2009, Rubio owns career averages of
10.2 points, 8.1 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 2.3 steals over 182 games.