In fact, the perception of the Cavs around the NBA at the time was so poor — and Rubio, at this stage of his career, seemed like such an odd fit for a rebuilding Cleveland franchise — that other teams thought he was going to negotiate a buyout. The Golden State Warriors, sources say, were keenly interested in Rubio hitting the market and partnering him with Stephen Curry.
Rather than a buyout, Rubio bought in on the Cavs. The result is a budding renaissance in Cleveland, with Rubio at its core. “I’m good, happy here,” he told The Athletic after the Cavs lost, 109-108, Sunday to the Utah Jazz, one of the best teams in the league, in a game they trailed by as many as 15 points early in the fourth quarter. Rubio, who finished with 15 points, was on the court for Cleveland’s fourth-quarter run that gave the Cavs a chance to win.
The Spanish point guard will become a free agent after the conclusion of the 2021-22 season. He is not yet thinking about the decisions to come, therefore not ruling out any possibility. “I am not thinking about that right now,” he pointed out replying to a question regarding a potential return to Europe, “At the end of the season, I will be a free agent and consider my options. The way I have played will determine my market value. Along with my family, we will assess the options and together take the next step.”
Bobby Marks: Phoenix will need to make a roster move to fit the projected $17M Ricky Rubio salary for 2019-20. The Suns are $2.6M over the cap when taking into account the Kelly Oubre Jr. hold and the projected new salary of Rubio.
Darren Wolfson: While D'Angelo Russell is clear-cut Plan A for the #Twolves at PG, Plan B was said to be Ricky Rubio. Wolves were preparing one heck of a recruiting video for him, for one. But they were led to believe early in the process that he was off to somewhere else. Sounds like Indiana.
Marc Stein: Talk of Ricky Rubio and a "virtual done deal" with Indiana has been circulating for a week. That's another one many teams have circled as a likely Day 1 verbal agreement after the opening bell sounds at 6 PM Eastern
Tony Jones: This has been scattered around a bit, but Ricky Rubio is highly likely to sign with the Indiana Pacers
J. Michael Falgoust: I've been told by a league source earlier that a union btw #Pacers and Ricky Rubio appears imminent come 6 p.m. Sun while another source didn't deny it but said (paraphrasing) it's jumping the gun to say a deal is in place. So that's where I'll leave it until details firm up
Sources continue to say Indiana has eyes for Ricky Rubio. They can probably get him at a lower salary than Brogdon, over fewer seasons. Every dollar matters to the Pacers.
We'll see how Phoenix approaches the point guard market. Indiana will have a hole at the position if Darren Collison leaves, and they will look at lots of targets -- including Russell. But they have so far focused on Ricky Rubio, sources have said
Ricky Rubio will be up for grabs as an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career this summer. The Spanish guard acknowledged that big names like Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson will, in a way, shape the fate of other free agents. “It’s the first summer I can really choose. It’s a bit early to see how the market is and it’s true that you depend a lot on many others. There are many free agents, like Leonard, Irving, Durant, Thompson… and they mark a bit the fate of the rest of the players,” Rubio said as reported by EFE, per Mundo Deportivo.
“But the puzzle is clarified a bit and in the end, you don’t have to wait for everyone but you have a little clearer idea. I’ve always said that my goal was to go to a team where I have playoff aspirations and something more,” Rubio added. The Spanish guard had previously mentioned that his goal is to win a championship on a team with a protagonist role.
Adrian Wojnarowski: As @Bobby Marks says, Pacers will still have $31M in cap space after absorbing Warren into the roster. One significant Indiana target in free agent, per sources: point guard Ricky Rubio.
Indiana is circling Ricky Rubio, though they have eyes on other targets -- including trade options -- if Rubio's market gets too frothy, sources say.
Ricky Rubio: ... it’s time to just be happy. Being angry, sad and overthinking isn’t worth it anymore. Just let things flow. Be positive.
Unrestricted free-agent point guard Ricky Rubio will be a top target of the Pacers, according to multiple league sources. Rubio would replace point guards Darren Collison and Cory Joseph—both unrestricted free agents—and share the backcourt with Victor Oladipo, who ruptured his right quadriceps tendon this past season. Rubio is a worse shooter than Collison and Joseph, but would provide a significant defensive and playmaking upgrade to better complement Oladipo’s score-first style.
Ricky Rubio showed up in Barcelona port today (12/6) for a ‘Parley of the Ocean’ event which addresses major threats towards our oceans. He also had time to talk with the Spanish media about basketball including his upcoming free agency: “It will be very fun because I’m able to choose between many teams. But it depends on many factors because there will be many free players that will determine how the market will go. Any movement will affect the market and there will be a domino effect”, Rubio said, per Marca.
The 28-year-old added that it doesn’t mean he won’t have any choice in the matter: “It depends on some movements in the market but that doesn’t mean that I have to settle for what is left. There are options that will remain and I can choose”, he said before explaining his criteria for the decision. “There are teams that have a starting point guard with a contract, which I can forget, but there are others who are looking for a point guard. The priorities are to go to a team that has importance and minutes, which is set for the playoffs. This already rules out some teams”, Rubio noted.
For Utah going into next season, you guys have Ricky Rubio as a free agent and Derrick Favors on a non-guaranteed contract. What do you see for yourselves next season collectively? I think the biggest thing is just trusting what management does. Obviously, a lot of this stuff is out of my control personally. The biggest thing for us is to just get better and improve. Obviously, we didn’t have the end of the season we wanted to, but we had a 50-win season. I think that’s one of the things that people really don’t notice because we had such a quick exit in the playoffs, but we did have a 50-win season. I think for us, the biggest thing is just to continue to get better and understand that this is a process. It’s my first time really going through free agency like this, so I don’t really know what to expect, to be honest, but I’ve been around trades and guys coming in and going. We have such a tightknit team. I think it’s just a process of just trusting management and what they have planned. At the end of the day, we have to get better as individuals as well.
Spanish journalist Ernest Macia: @Ricky Rubio: I want to play a leading role and to be in a team with playoffs aspirations. Marc Gasol made me envious.
On if he wants to continue with the Jazz: All that has affected me, without a doubt. If the question had been asked a year ago, I’d signed with them with my eyes closed. Now, from here to July, many things can happen.
Here’s what Rubio said in an interview with Spanish outlet AS. On his possibilities ahead of free agency: There are a thousand possibilities, excluding the teams that have a starting point guard under contract who will remain there. Like Houston or Golden State. Then there’s Boston where you still don’t know if Kyrie Irving will be there. Or Charlotte with Kemba Walker. Things really don’t depend on you but on the other players. For example, if Kyrie Irving went to Utah, this wouldn’t be a possibility for me anymore. In the end, they choose first.
On how important is his next contract: If I sign for a team that doesn’t have really have aspiration or things won’t work, my NBA career will almost end because if I sign for three or four years, when I finish my contract I’ll be 32. It’s one of the key moments of my career.
Rubio had nice things to say about the Jazz, but didn’t show any confidence that he’ll be playing in Utah next year. “A lot of friends ask me, but I don’t have any idea where I’m going to go,” he said. “There’s a lot of things that depend on (whether other teams) are going to need a point guard or not. When free agency comes, I can start thinking and see where I can go. One thing I’m going to look for sure is going to be the best situation for me with the coach and the team. I want to be happy, I’m going to try to find the best situation for me to be me and be happy.”
Rubio is one of three free agents on the roster along with Thabo Sefolosha and Ekpe Udoh. Lindsey spoke highly of Rubio and how much he’s given the team over the past two seasons, including his “care factor” and “empathy.” While he said the Jazz would be happy to have Rubio back, he wasn’t overly convincing about how much they wanted him. “He’s got a decision to make on his end and we’ve got a decision to make on our end, but there’s a lot of scenarios I can see Ricky back,” he said. “We really appreciate who he is and we think we can get him better from a health perspective and skill standpoint. We know who he is — he has Jazz DNA. So he’ll have options, we’ll have options and we’ll talk to him and his agent.”
Multiple NBA sources have told the Sun-Times that not only have the Bulls been scouting veteran point guards as the Feb. 7 trade deadline approaches, but they are focusing on veteran point guards who are going to be free agents this offseason and deemed fiscally responsible for some summer shopping, headlined by Ricky Rubio and Darren Collison.
January 16, 2022 | 2:27 pm EST Update
“I feel like I can be a star,” Reddish said in his first comments as a Knick after his new team routed the Hawks at State Farm Arena. “I feel like I could be a legit star. That’s what I’m working to be. It’s pretty simple.” It hasn’t been simple at all for Reddish, who has battled injuries and a glut of wings in Atlanta. He requested a trade before the 2021-22 season started. The No. 10 pick in the 2019 draft has played in 118 career games in his 2½ seasons, averaging 11.1 points on a substandard 38.5 percent shooting. “I think I’m still on track,” Reddish added in an interview with the Knicks’ three traveling beat writers in the arena. “I’ll continue to put the work in. I think I’m still there for sure.”
According to multiple sources, Reddish and RJ Barrett weren’t especially close at Duke. Barrett and Zion Williamson were very tight and, according to sources, Reddish was on the outside looking in. But that was three years ago. Barrett said all the expected platitudes after the Reddish trade, mentioning the two talked on the phone after the deal’s announcement. “I mean, we talked for like five minute,” Reddish said when asked about that conversation. “It was quick because I was pretty busy that day. He was just saying come in ready to play hard. We were just catching up for the most part. Just coming in, working hard, getting used to the city.”
Anthony Slater: Steph Curry left the Warriors’ road trip early. He’s back in the Bay Area with Rick Celebrini. Belief is his hand injury is very minor. Steve Kerr said team is hopeful he will play Tuesday against the Pistons.
Marc Stein: Golden State’s Stephen Curry has returned home for additional treatment on his right hand injured in Friday’s rout of Chicago and will thus miss the final game of the Warriors’ road trip tonight in Minneapolis. No Curry or Draymond Green (calf) against the Timberwolves.
January 16, 2022 | 12:36 pm EST Update
Tim Reynolds: Heat are waiving Marcus Garrett, and plan to bring back Kyle Guy on a 10-day. Garrett needs season-ending wrist surgery and will rehab with the Heat.
How would you describe your game? Your dominance at the end of the Hapoel game as a 4 was impressive, your controlled the game. It was like that for 40 minutes. In this respect, it is possible to watch you at much higher levels. How do you see the possibility of returning to the NBA? Bonzie Colson: It has been my target since I came here. That’s my goal and also having played in Europe will help me when I get there. Playing in the NBA is easier than playing in Europe. There is more space. The three-second rule doesn’t exist here. There are many different rules. That’s why players are constantly changing places. Scoring is easier in the NBA. Because first of all, much more space is opening up. Also here are more systems. Every country has a system. A running game is being played in Spain. There is a game based on the physical struggle in Turkey. Every country has a different style of basketball. The NBA is opening up. There is a system, but you can’t be as aggressive as here. In Europe, you can be aggressive, push, hit, do a lot of things, but in the NBA you can’t do that. That’s why some of the players who play here look good there.