Rubio ready to prove that he is worth his new big-money deal…
Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio has signed a new four-year extension with the franchise worth $56m, the team has announced.
The deal was reached just three hours ahead of the midnight deadline on Friday and the contract is set to kick in starting with the 2015/16 season.
Rubio now has an expected annual salary of $14m which essentially matches him with the contract that Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe signed earlier this summer.
“I am happy to be staying with the Wolves and look forward to many successful seasons in Minnesota,” Rubio said in a statement issued Friday night. “Our fans have been great and I am excited to be able to play in front of them for many years. I will continue to work hard to improve my game and help our team get better.
“I was talking with my agents, and I told them I really wanted to stay here,” Rubio told The Associated Press in a phone interview late Friday night. “I told them to make something work. At the end of the day it did happen, and I’m happy about it.”
Rubio insisted that he is ready to deal with the pressure that will come with his new deal, and he believes he is capable of becoming a leader of this team and helping the younger stars on the roster create a winning environment as the franchise moves on from the Kevin Love era.
However, there are still some doubts over the Spaniard who recovered from a torn ACL after his rookie season, with many questioning his shooting ability.
If Rubio is able to add consistency to his scoring to combine with his court vision and passing execution, then the Timberwolves will be looking ahead to having a point guard capable of running their team for years to come.