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Minnesota patient as teen star sparks interest

AFP , MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA

Spanish teen star Ricky Rubio might not even make it to the NBA this season but his skills have sparked some NBA teams to try to obtain his rights from the patient Minnesota Timberwolves.

The chaos began when the T-Wolves selected point guard Rubio with the fifth pick in last week’s NBA Draft and chose another point guard, US collegian Jonny Flynn, with the sixth pick.

At least one figures to find their way into the lineup when the Timberwolves open the 2009-2010 season, but Rubio might wind up staying with Spanish club DKV Joventut next season.

All of this has T-Wolves president David Kahn waiting to see what will happen rather than trying to push one way or another.

“I don’t know how this is going to play out. There could be a lot of twists and turns. But I don’t feel any self-imposed pressure that this needs to be resolved or concluded in any short fashion,” Kahn said.

He said Rubio “will be the starting point guard the day he walks in the door” but Flynn could jump into a starting role if Rubio stays in Europe.

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