Ricky Rubio Dumps Nike, Signs With Adidas

Apr 26, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio, out for the season with a torn ACL, returned to Target Center for the final game of the season against the Denver Nuggets. Nuggets won 131-102. Mandatory Credit: Greg Smith-US PRESSWIRE

(SB Nation Minnesota, Chris White) It was a very exciting rookie season for Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio. Before a late-season tear to his ACL derailed the fun, Rubio along with emerging star Kevin Love were turning heads and leading the Timberwolves to a possible playoff berth with some great play.

Now it looks like Rubio's exciting rookie year was noticed by the fine people at the Adidas shoe company, as it's been reported that Rubio has signed a deal with them, swiping him away from rival company Nike.

(Note that the article is in Spanish, hat tip to HoopsHype for getting the rumor out there in English first.) Translated:

21-year-old Spanish star Ricky Rubio has agreed on a sponsorship deal with Adidas. Although the duration of the contract and the figures have yet to be released, it is a fact that Adidas gives a dramatic effect to its arch rival in the market, Nike, which counted Ricky Rubio among its players until last year.

Also mentioned in the article -- only Derrick Rose and Dwight Howard are set to make more money from Adidas now than Rubio under the new deal. Not bad for a 21 year old getting over a torn ACL.

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