Our long local nightmare is over. Well, almost.
As tweeted this evening by KFAN’s Dan Barreiro and confirmed by the ubiquitous Adrian Worjanowski, Ricky Rubio did indeed sign a contract with the Wolves yesterday. As always, the details were filled in by Mr. Jerry Zgoda over at the Star Tribune.
Rubio avoided a potential disaster by taking the guaranteed wages offered under a now expired labor agreement and his million dollar buyout with Regal Barcelona will be handled by the Wolves along with an assortment of local sponsors. Any remaining skeptics should be soothed once our Spanish sensation is introduced to the public later this month.
Now before ruining the party with questions of whether he’ll perform as advertised, we may have to say goodbye to a few friends. Is this the end of Jonny Flynn’s painful saga as a Wolf? Is Michael Beasley now an intriguing complement or a questionable influence? Is a rapport with his new point enough to stay Kurt Rambis’ execution?
Regardless, Rubio’s arrival erases a particularly bothersome smudge on David Kahn’s resume and now our taskmaster is free to pursue his vision. Earlier this season, he assured us that there will be no more roster turnover, however this development may be the beginning of more changes. Good ones, perhaps.
But who knows what the future holds? It could be quite some time before we even see professional basketball in our fair Cities again. So if only for a moment, let’s live in the moment and bask in the warming glow of relevancy.