Ridnour agrees to deal with Wolves

Minnesota Timberwolves general manager David Kahn is once again changing directions on his franchise’s future at point guard.

As a possible prelude to the trading of Ramon Sessions(notes), Luke Ridnour(notes) has agreed in principle to a four-year, $16 million contract with the Wolves, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The Wolves had discussed a deal with the Charlotte Bobcats, sources said, where Sessions would have replaced Raymond Felton(notes), who signed a free-agent contract with the New York Knicks. Charlotte instead decided to sign free agent Shaun Livingston to a two-year, $7 million contract. Minnesota signed Sessions to a four-year, $16 million contract a year ago.

Ridnour’s deal is expected to be finalized as soon as Wednesday.

Jonny Flynn(notes) returns as Minnesota’s starting point guard, but the overriding question is what will happen with Ricky Rubio(notes), the Spanish sensation whose rights the Wolves own. He is playing in Spain and could use his buyout clause to join the NBA next season. Rubio, sources said, isn’t necessarily sold on Kahn’s vision in Minnesota and could hedge on joining the NBA if the Wolves still own his rights.

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Updated Wednesday, Jul 14, 2010