The Minnesota Timberwolves, hours before the university draw for the NBA, they closed the transfer of Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio to the Cleveland Cavaliers, who will give in exchange the selection rights of the second round of the 2022 draw, to the escort Taurean Prince and cash. The transfer has not been officially confirmed, but several local media sources announced it hours before the 2021 NBA college draw begins.
The second stage of blond with the Wolves comes to an end after a season with the team that selected him number five in the first round of the 2009 college draft. Rubio got off to a slow start last season and said it was difficult to catch up early in the same before playing better in the second half. He averaged 8.6 points, his career low, and 6.4 assists.
He currently plays for Spain in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, where has been the figure in the two games they have played and won versus Japan and Argentina. “Before the pandemic hit, I think I was playing my best basketball,” Rubio said at the end of the season. “I was coming off a great summer with the national team at the World Cup, and after a great year at the Phoenix Suns. I was ending the season very strong and then the pandemic hits and takes me out of my game.”
His biggest impact last season probably came with his help in training rookie Anthony Edwards, who frequently praised Rubio’s leadership and friendship. When asked about one of his favorite parts of playing his rookie year recently, Edwards said that playing alongside Rubio was the highlight.
Rubio played six years with the Timberwolves from 2011 to 2017 before he was traded to the Utah Jazz, only to have Minnesota team president of operations Gersson Rosas put him back in the draft last season. Now, on another draw day change, Rubio leaves town again.
Rosas made the move in part because he’s committed to bolstering the power forward position, and Prince helps with that, though the Timberwolves may not finish in part because Prince will make $ 13 million for the final season of his contract. That’s 4.8 million less than Rubio, which means the Timberwolves have extra space in salary cap to maneuver into free agency, which begins next Monday.
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