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Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 06/17/2011

Ricky Rubio heads for the NBA and Minnesota Timberwolves

Ricky Rubio is heading for the NBA. (Manu Fernandez / AP)
Ricky Rubio is leaving Regal Barcelona and heading to the NBA — specifically the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Rubio was the fifth pick in the 2009 draft by Minnesota, but he decided to play in Spain.

“I have finally decided to go to the NBA. I have a dream that now can become reality,” he said in a news conference. “The NBA will be very emotional, a difficult challenge but a very nice one.”

Rubio didn’t say anything about taking his talents to America, which is probably a good thing.

“It's a bit scary because I have never left Barcelona before but I am very keen to take on the challenge,” Rubio said. “I am not leaving because I think I cannot do any more here but because I believe I am ready and I am looking forward to it.

“I am going there to play against the best and triumph. That is what motivates me.”

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