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Wolves optimistic in extending Rubio

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) With dust finally settled after the blockbuster Kevin Love trade that changed the face of the Minnesota Timberwolves, the franchise has one big move still to address before the start of the season.

Point guard Ricky Rubio is eligible for an extension of his rookie contract and the two sides continue to have discussions to try to get a deal done. If a contract is not signed by Oct. 31, Rubio will be eligible to be a restricted free agent next summer.

Timberwolves general manager Milt Newton said on Thursday that he is optimistic the two sides can come to agreement, but the Wolves are remaining patient as the process plays out.

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Rank Name PPG
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2 Carmelo Anthony, NY27.4
3 LeBron James, Mia27.1
4 Kevin Love, Min26.1
5 James Harden, Hou25.4
6 Blake Griffin, LAC24.1
7 Stephen Curry, GS24.0
8 LaMarcus Aldridge, Por23.2
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Rebounds Per Game
Rank Name RPG
1 DeAndre Jordan, LAC13.6
2 Andre Drummond, Det13.2
3 Kevin Love, Min12.5
4 Dwight Howard, Hou12.2
5 DeMarcus Cousins, Sac11.7
6 Joakim Noah, Chi11.3
7 LaMarcus Aldridge, Por11.1
8 Al Jefferson, Cha10.8
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10 Anthony Davis, NO10.0
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Assists per game
Rank Name APG
1 Chris Paul, LAC10.7
2 John Wall, Was8.8
3 Ty Lawson, Den8.8
4 Ricky Rubio, Min8.6
5 Stephen Curry, GS8.5
6 Brandon Jennings, Det7.6
7 Kyle Lowry, Tor7.4
8 Jameer Nelson, Orl7.0
9 Jeff Teague, Atl6.7
10 LeBron James, Mia6.4
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