Spanish star Ricky Rubio's move to the NBA has been complicated by his sliding to fifth in the draft, but the only options he's currently considering are playing in Minnesota or returning to DKV Joventut, sources say.
Had Rubio been a top three pick, he could have afforded to pay Joventut more for his release, a source says. But the difference in salary between third and fifth in the draft is roughly $600,000 a year. Joventut reportedly is asking for no less than $4 million for his release.
Going to another European team is not a realistic option because that team would want a long-term commitment from Rubio and his desire remains to play in the NBA, a source says. Whether he can do that next season or when his Joventut contract expires two years from now is the question.
In any case, Rubio apparently has no objections to playing in Minnesota.
"This isn't about Minnesota," the source says. "It's about the buyout."