Wolves exercise options on G Rubio, F Williams

The Minnesota Timberwolves have exercised third-year options on

guard Ricky Rubio and forward Derrick Williams for the 2013-14

season.

Rubio averaged 10.6 points, 8.2 assists and 4.2 rebounds per

game last season. He finished as runner-up in the NBA’s Rookie of

the Year voting and finished sixth in the league, and first among

rookies, in assists last season. The second-year guard from Spain

is recovering from surgery in March to repair torn ligaments in his

left knee.

Williams appeared in all 66 games for the Timberwolves as a

rookie, averaging 8.8 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. The second

overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft out of Arizona finished fifth

among rookies in rebounding and seventh in scoring last season.

The Timberwolves announced the move on Tuesday.