ESPN's Chris Sheridan reports on the latest twist in Minnesota's attempt to buy draftee Ricky Rubio out of his contract with DKV Joventut:
Under the NBA collective bargaining agreement, Minnesota is allowed to contribute a maximum of $500,000 toward Rubio's buyout -- a rule that has opened the door for deep-pocketed European clubs, including FC Barcelona, to go after him.
Various reports said the Wolves and Joventut were discussing playing an exhibition game Oct. 10 in Badalona, Spain, as part of the Rubio buyout settlement, but an NBA spokesman said no changes would be permitted to the NBA preseason schedule, which was released earlier this month. Minnesota already is slated for the maximum of eight preseason games.
Basically, the task at hand is to figure out non-cash things that the Timberwolves can do to make DKV Joventut feel good about letting Ricky Rubio out of his contract for less than the maximum they might seek.
Bringing an NBA team to play at DKV Joventut would certainly qualify. If you have any other creative suggestions (Bill Laimbeer coaching clinics? Tickets on a stick? Free gift cards for life from owner Glen Taylor's other business?) send them along to David Kahn.