Timberwolves Trying To Acquire Ricky Rubio

The Timberwolves are talking to the Thunder about a deal to bring Ricky Rubio back to Minnesota, according to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic. The Wolves are offering the 17th pick to Oklahoma City in exchange for Rubio and picks No. 25 and 28.

Rubio, who played last season in Phoenix, is part of the trade that will send Chris Paul to the Suns. He has two years and $34.8MM left on his contract. The 30-year-old posted another productive season in 2019/20, averaging 13.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 8.8 assists in 65 games.

Minnesota became interested in bringing back Rubio as soon as the trade was announced, sources tell Krawczynski. The Wolves had hoped to pursue Rubio in free agency last summer, but he agreed to a three-year deal with Phoenix.

After learning that he was sent to Oklahoma City, Rubio and his agents at Excel Sports began searching for a deal to a team more likely to be competitive this season. After looking throughout the league and seeing the interest from the Wolves, Rubio became receptive to returning to Minnesota.

He remains close to Wolves head coach Ryan Saunders, who has been looking for another ball-handler to team with D’Angelo Russell. Rubio is also a former teammate of Karl-Anthony Towns, playing with the center during his first two years in the NBA.

Rubio began his career in Minnesota, being selected with the fifth pick in the 2009 draft. He came to the NBA two years later and spent six years with the Wolves before being traded to Utah.

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17 thoughts on “Timberwolves Trying To Acquire Ricky Rubio

    • bbgarnett

      Except in this case where they would be giving up two picks and only getting one back.

      • Tatsumaki

        You must not watch tv okc has like 1000 picks over the next 7 years. The joke passed over your head maybe you’ll understand next time.

        • Your ‘joke’ makes no sense because with this move, they have one FEWER first rounder. Sorry reality is passing over your head, maybe you’ll understand next time.

  1. KnickerbockerAl

    This is good considering they drafted Edwards. Solid vet and backup. Nice

  2. hiflew

    Well Rubio started out in Minnesota being one of two PGs, maybe it is only fitting that he ends as one of two PGs in Minnesota too.

    • Jeffrey Moynagh

      Probably because another contract,like J Johnson’s, will be added. JJ’s contract expires next year while Rubio’s is for 2 more. That gives OKC cap room for a FA next year

  3. Eric Lord

    Not sure if the Thunder will give up both 25 & 28 for the 17th pick. Maybe the 25th & the 34th

    • Eric Lord

      I saw that. I’m surprised OKC gave up both 1st rounders & Rubio for the just 17th. Seems like a little bit of an overpay

  4. mgomrjsurf

    Maybe Edwards is Trade but deal hasen’t been announced so maybe this deal gets bigger.

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