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Wolves Updates 5/27

Kahn and Rambis leave for Europe, Big Al working out at Target Center and more

From Phil Miller/Star Tribune:

• Kahn and Wolves coach Kurt Rambis left Wednesday night for Europe, where they will watch guard Ricky Rubio and center Nikola Pekovic play twice apiece next week. They also will visit free agent Darko Milicic, who has said he hopes to re-sign with the Wolves next season.

Al Jefferson is working out at Target Center this week. "He knows how important this offseason is for his career," Kahn said of the team's leading scorer. "He has to, in certain ways, almost transform his body to get a lot stronger. I'm excited he's here."


From Jeremy Bauman/SLAM Online:

Aside from the astronomical buyout of $8.1 million his former DKV Joventut team was originally seeking, ask yourself this question: Why would Ricky Rubio be in a rush to get to the Minnesota Timberwolves when he has such a loyal fan base, an excellent wage and endorsement deals, all while playing minutes from home? His game might be highly advanced but Ricky Rubio is still a kid at heart, spending off time with his buddies and regularly hanging out on the boardwalk for fun.

Former Head Coach and current ESPN analyst and scout Fran Fraschilla believes Ricky made the right decision to mold himself in Spain before coming to America.

"Ricky is mature beyond his years for a 19-year-old, but staying in Europe to play for FC Barcelona has been a wise move because he is maturing, physically and mentally," said Fraschilla. "He is the point guard on one of the best teams in Europe at a level much higher than college basketball. His adjustment to the NBA will be much easier because of his decision to stay another year or two."