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NBA notes: Knight works out for Sacramento

Former Kentucky point guard Brandon Knight worked out for the Kings, the ABC affiliate in Sacramento reported Thursday.

"I think I grew a lot," Knight told the station when asked about his freshman year at UK under Coach John Calipari. "In the beginning, I think I made a lot of bad mistakes and a lot of bad reads and, towards the end of the season, I was making most of the right plays and right decisions. So I think I grew a lot."

Sacramento has selected one-and-done players from Calipari teams the last two seasons: Memphis' Tyreke Evans and Kentucky's DeMarcus Cousins. But the Kings have the seventh overall pick this year and might not be able to get Knight, who's projected to go in the top five.

Rubio headed to Minn.

Ricky Rubio is coming to Minnesota after all. The Spanish point guard has agreed to join the Timberwolves next season, ending a delicate, two-year negotiation with the team that had many league observers believing he did not want to play in Minnesota.

A person with knowledge of the agreement confirmed to The Associated Press late Wednesday night that Rubio will be here next season, giving the woebegone Timberwolves a much-needed dose of good news. The person requested anonymity because neither Rubio nor the Timberwolves planned to make an official announcement while he continues to play for Regal Barcelona in the Spanish league playoffs.

The Timberwolves drafted Rubio fifth overall two years ago despite a buyout of his Spanish contract that topped $6 million. The enormity of the buyout caused Rubio to stay overseas rather than immediately come to the NBA, and there was talk that the precocious teenager did not want to play in Minnesota.

The current labor uncertainty complicated the negotiations. But Rubio decided he was ready to come over now.

Timberwolves spokesman Mike Cristaldi said the team was declining to comment.

"As of now, we have nothing new to report," Cristaldi said. With help from owner Glen Taylor, coach Kurt Rambis and assistant general manager Tony Ronzone, Wolves President David Kahn spent almost two years working to convince Rubio to realize his dream of playing in the NBA in Minnesota.

Pistons owner say she'll lean on Dumars

With new owner Tom Gores finally in charge, the Pistons are ready to begin rebuilding. And Joe Dumars is still a big part of their plan.

"We're going to lean on him pretty heavy. He knows basketball, and we're going to push Joe. He knows that," Gores said.

Gores was introduced Thursday, a day after completing an agreement to purchase the Pistons from Karen Davidson. The new owner was upbeat but direct when talking about his new franchise, which has missed the playoffs the last two seasons.

"We need to go back to those core values," Gores said. "It's hard work ... and the winning will come."

When asked who he'd seek out for basketball advice, Gores immediately began talking about Dumars, the team president who has been part of all three of Detroit's NBA titles as either a player or an executive.

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