Rubio out, Dieng resigns 01 Nov 16

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves say Ricky Rubio will be out indefinitely with a sprained right elbow.

The team announced late Monday night that an MRI exam revealed a sprain and no break. That means he is not expected to miss extended time with the injury, but will not be ready for the team’s home opener on Tuesday night.

Rubio was injured in the fourth quarter of Saturday night’s loss to the Sacramento Kings. Rubio is an integral part of a young Wolves team trying to end a 12-year playoff drought. His veteran leadership, passing and defense are needed on a team that has started the season 0-2.

Rookie Kris Dunn will start for Rubio on Tuesday night against Memphis.

 

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves have signed big man Gorgui Dieng to a contract extension.

The team announced the move on Monday. A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press it is worth $64 million over four years, starting next season. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team did not release contract terms.

In his fourth season, Dieng has emerged as a talented and versatile forward and center. He has been starting alongside Karl-Anthony Towns in a promising frontcourt. The deal ensures that Dieng will not become a restricted free agent next summer and cements him as a critical building block of a team that hopes to be a contender in the Western Conference in the near future.

Dieng is averaging 13.0 points and 13.5 rebounds in the first two games of this season.