Report: Ricky Rubio to Spend Two More Seasons in Spain
Spanish newspaper Marca is reporting (via RealGM/Skeets) that Ricky Rubio has sorted out his plans for next season. The paper reports that Regal FC Barcelona has worked out a deal with Rubio and his former team, DKV Joventut.
Joventut will receive more than $5 million (or 3.7 million Euros) for the rights to Ricky. There's no word on how much Barcelona will pay Rubio, though I imagine it will be more than the rookie scale contract La Pistola would have earned with Minnesota ($5.6 million over two years). For reference, Juan Carlos Navarro became the richest player in FC Barcelona history last summer when he inked a five-year, $23 million deal. I would hazard a guess Rubio's pay will be even more.
Marca has Rubio's Barcelona contract at six years in length, with a decreasing buy-out amount after each season. The thinking has been that if Rubio did stay in Europe, he would make his move across the Atlantic after the 2010-11 season; Minnesota GM David Kahn has even referenced getting Ricky in two years as a worst-case scenario.
In the mean time, supposing this report is accurate, Jonny Flynn has won the never-begun point guard battle in Minneapolis. He'll be a contender for Rookie of the Year by virtue of all the minutes he'll play, and he basically has two years to prove he deserves to be the team's Point Guard of the Future more than Ricky does.