Wolves GM optimistic, won’t rush Rubio extension

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves general manager Milt Newton says he is optimistic the team can sign point guard Ricky Rubio to a contract extension before the season begins, but he says the team doesn’t feel in a rush to do so.

Milton spoke to reporters on Thursday after some of the team’s young players, including No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins, participated in an informal workout as they get ready for training camp.

Newton says he and Wolves President Flip Saunders are having regular conversations with Rubio’s agents about an extension. So far, the two sides have not agreed on terms.

If they don’t reach a deal by Oct. 31, Rubio will play this season and become a restricted free agent next summer.