Cleveland Cavaliers Rumors: Ricky Rubio Traded To Cavs?
The Cleveland Cavaliers might need to add another point guard to their roster with the impending retirement of veteran playmaker Mo Williams. While there are free agents available, the Cavs could acquire one via trade.Advertisement
According to Kenneth Teape of Hoops Habit, the Cavaliers have several options, including free agents Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole. Chalmers and Cole are logical options for the Cavaliers, knowing LeBron James is already familiar with both guards, having played together in Miami.
But another intriguing option for the Cavaliers is Ricky Rubio. The Minnesota Timberwolves point guard has been mentioned in numerous NBA trade rumors over the past several days.
The Wolves could eventually part ways with the Spanish point guard after selecting their projected point guard of the future — Kris Dunn, the fifth overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. Minnesota also have athletic guard Zach LaVine, who is expected to get a big share of playing minutes for guards.
While the Timberwolves have remained mum about the trade rumors involving Rubio, HoopsHype recently reported that he was almost dealt to\ the Sacramento Kings. However, the Kings eventually signed Ty Lawson.
What Ricky Rubio Could Bring To Cleveland Cavaliers
Rubio is known for his passing ability and high basketball IQ. He could start as backup to Kyrie Irving but could eventually get more minutes playing alongside the All-Star point guard.
The 25-year-old playmaker could look for a bigger role elsewhere but a move to the Cavaliers could work wonders for him if he wants to play for a contender. The five-year veteran has made it no secret that he wants to win a title. A move to Cleveland will put him a step closer to that goal.
Who Will The Cleveland Cavaliers Give Up For Ricky Rubio
The Cavaliers have limited assets at this point but have several attractive pieces. Iman Shumpert could be thrown into the deal, as he could bring additional defensive punch to the Wolves.
Shumpert could be packaged with Mo Williams, who could be waived following the completion of the deal. The Cavaliers might need to a first-round pick, which will not hurt them too much, as they are expected to contend for the title in the next several seasons, barring any major changes in the coming years.
Rubio, the fifth overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, averaged 10.1 points on top of 8.6 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game last season. He was slowed down by a major knee injury earlier in his career but played 76 games last season.
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