Ricky Rubio was only traded by the Phoenix Suns to the OKC Thunder at the beginning of the week, now he was forwarded directly on the evening of the draft. From now on, the Spaniard plays again for the Minnesota Timberwolves, where his NBA career began.
As several US media reported unanimously, the 30-year-old is coming back to Minnesota in a package with picks No. 25 and 28. OKC received the 17th pick in the draft from the Wolves, with which they drew Aleksej Pokusevski. Minnesota secured Immanuel Quickley (25) and Jaden McDaniels in 28th place.
Most importantly, they got Rubio back. He was drafted 5th in 2009 by Minnesota and spent six seasons with the Wolves before playing for the Utah Jazz and then for the Suns over the past three years.
Now he is supposed to act as playmaker for the young and talented team, which, in addition to the two all-stars Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell, was able to sign another top talent on draft evening with No. 1 pick Anthony Edwards.
Last season Rubio averaged 13 points and 8.8 assists for Phoenix. Then, earlier in the week, it was part of the trade package that Phoenix had sent to Oklahoma City for Chris Paul.