MINNEAPOLIS - Ricky Rubio was not present when theMinnesota Timberwolves introduced their 2009 draft class on Friday.
Sixth overall pick Jonny Flynn and 28th pick Wayne Ellingtonattended with new president David Kahn. But the Timberwolves sayRubio decided to stay behind because of his contract situation.
The Wolves took Rubio with the fifth overall pick, but it's notclear when he'll be able to play in Minnesota. He has a $6.6million buyout from his Spanish professional team. Both he and Kahnsaid Rubio may have to play at least one more year in Spain beforecoming to the NBA.
Kahn says the Wolves will be patient through the negotiatingprocess and can afford to wait a year or two for the point guard.