Photo: Minnesota Timberwolves Keep Ricky Rubio on for 2013-14 Season
The Minnesota Timberwolves have exercised an option on the contract of point guard Ricky Rubio, meaning the Spaniard will continue to play for the team through the end of the 2013-2014 season.
The club made the move before the NBA’s Oct. 31 deadline for teams to pick up third-year options on rookies selected in the draft.
Rubio, who is currently recovering from a serious knee injury and is expected to return to the court in December, finished runner-up in last season’s Rookie of the Year voting behind Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving.
Prior to his injury, Rubio played in 41 games and averaged 10.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 8.2 assists. He ranked first in assists last season among rookies and sixth overall.
The Timberwolves, led by head coach Rick Adelman, also confirmed they picked up the third-year option on the contract for forward Derrick Williams, the No. 2 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.
That means Williams also will remain with the team through the end of the 2013-2014 season.