Decidedly, Ricky Rubio connects the moves now. He links them together so much that he doesn’t even have time to settle down. Sent to the Thunder as part of Chris Paul’s transfer to Phoenix on Monday, the Spaniard leaves Oklahoma City to join Minnesota, where he started his career.
Six seasons. Ricky spent six seasons with the Timberwolves before moving to Utah in the 2017 offseason. It’s the franchise of the Minnesota who drafted him in 2009 with the fifth pick (however, he will only start his NBA career in 2011), when Ricky didn’t have a beard yet but still had a great hype. If we want to tell a story with rose water, we can talk about a homecoming, memories, of a former little prodigy who returns to his first American lands. All that all that. But this trade does not only concern Rubio, because it also includes draft choice. In addition to Ricky, the Thunder also dropped two Draft 2020 first-round picks in the balance. We know Sam Presti’s love for picks but he has so many that he can use them to move up the rankings and that’s exactly what he did. In exchange, Oklahoma City got the 17th pick, used to draft Serbian nugget Aleksej Pokusevski. The Wolves left with the 25th and 28th pick. The latter was used to select Jaden McDaniels, while the 25th choice was transferred to the Knicks along with the 33rd in exchange for Leandro Bolmaro (selected at spot 23).
Minnesota is acquiring Oklahoma City’s Ricky Rubio, the 25th and 28th picks for a package that includes the No. 17 pick, sources tell ESPN.
– Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 19, 2020
Coming back to Ricky Rubio, he will be able to bring his experience and knowledge of the game to a Minnesota team who would like to join in the Playoffs race with Karl-Anthony Towns, D’Angelo Russell and now rookie Anthony Edwards, selected in number 1. If it is balanced from franchise to franchise at the moment, do not be fooled by appearances, he remains a strong leader on both sides of the pitch. He notably helped the Suns reach a milestone in 2019-20, a season where he shot 13 points, 4.7 rebounds, 8.8 assists, 1.4 interceptions over 36% at 3-pointers. Without a doubt, he will be used by the Timberwolves. And then at 30, he still has a few good seasons under his belt, as well as two years of contract in the 17 million dollars. Somehow, we are still happy for him. We remember of his tweet after his transfer from Phoenix to OKC, a tweet sent with a touch of bitterness in relation to the sometimes merciless business of the NBA, but there he will be able to return to his first franchise with a rather interesting project.
Ricky Rubio at Wolves is going to bring back the good old days. Anyway, when you remember Minny’s results at the time, it’s all relative eh, but you get it.
Text source: ESPN