The Minnesota Timberwolves announced on Wednesday that guard Ricky Rubio has been cleared to participate in practice with no limitations.
It its statement, the team said he was cleared after consultation with Dr. Richard Steadman in Vail, Colorado. It also said the Wolves' medical staff will determine his ability to participate in games after monitoring his progress.
Team officials did not say when Rubio was expected to return to game action, but the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported it could be next week.
Rubio had major surgery on March 21, 2012 to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament and a torn lateral collateral ligament in his left knee.
--The Golden State Warriors won't get center Andrew Bogut back as soon as they hoped.
The team and the 7-footer announced that Bogut's left ankle surgery in April was a microfracture procedure, not an arthroscopic cleanup as was previously reported. It's possible Bogut could be out "one, two or three months," he said, according to the Oakland Tribune.
"I'm still a little ways off," Bogut said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. "It's an interesting rehab, because there's no real timeline for it. I'll be back when I'm ready to play at 100 percent."
--The Los Angeles Lakers assigned rookie Robert Sacre to the D-Fenders of the NBA's Developmental League.
Sacre, a 7-foot forward/center from Gonzaga, was the Lakers' second-round pick in the 2012 draft. In eight games with the Lakers this season, he has two points, two rebounds, one assist and two blocks.
The D-Fenders open their season Wednesday night in Los Angeles against Idaho.