It was a fairly high probability and the hours before the ‘draft’ ceremony ended up confirming it. The future of Ricky Rubio will not go through Oklahoma City Thunder, the team to which he was transferred just 72 hours ago, from the Phoenix Suns in an exchange with Chris Paul, Instead, Oklahoma has used the 30-year-old El Masnou base as bargaining chip.
Just hours before the fate of the best college students was decided at the draft ceremony, Oklahoma included Ricky in a transfer operation, which will take him to Minnesota Timberwolves, the team where he began his entire NBA journey in 2011, where he played for six seasons, where the Spanish international was very well received, as if he were a star, and is a much loved player.
In exchange for Ricky’s transfer, Oklahoma has received number 17 of the ‘draft’, with which they have selected the Serbian Aleksej Pokusevski, and they send Ricky, as well as two choices with the number 25 and the number 28.
For Ricky it is a good operation, since he had no interest in playing in Oklahoma, and he will visit a club where he will meet a coach with whom he maintains an excellent relationship, Ryan Saunders, and with a block that must grow with the presence of two championship stars, D’Angelo Russell y Karl Anthony Towns, who has just been favored with the choice of number one in the draft Anthony Edwards, and where another Spanish player could continue, Juancho Hernangómez, that he is a restricted free agent and is liked by the coaching staff.