The Minnesota Timberwolves held a press conference to introduce their newly drafted players, Ricky Rubio, Jonny Flynn and Wayne Ellington. Only Ricky Rubio left them standing at the podium. The Timberwolves number one pick of the 2009 NBA draft left them standing at the podium so to speak. He was a no show.
The no show couldn’t have come as a complete surprise to the Minnesota brass. Ricky Rubio’s father gave an interview immediately after being drafted stating that his son may choose to remain in Spain for a few years rather than report to play in Minnesota. And it would seem likely that the Wolves knew it was a possibility given that they drafted two point guards.
And it was no secret leading up to the draft that Rubio would have preferred to play in a big market. Obviously, it’s also no secret that Minnesota is not a big market. And it doesn’t seem that Minnesota is upset by the point guards actions. Their general manager David Kahn stated that the franchise can afford to wait a year or even two.
It would not be unheard of for the Wolves to buy out Ricky Rubio or immediately trade him for another valuable player. They have already traded Ty Lawson to Denver. There has been talk that the New York Knicks are working hard to orchestrate a trade for Rubio. New York would certainly seem to be a large enough market for the point guard, but so far nothing has been set in stone.