NBA Rumor: Ricky Rubio Trade

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With the injury also come calculations of trade value and potential deals. Rubio admitted that those things used to be hard on him mentally but now he’s used to it. “It’s part of the business.” “Back in the day, I took it worse. You feel bad because you like to give everything where you are and when you give so much and later you see, like in Phoenix or Minnesota, that they dispense you without even knowing it… I’ve gotten used to it – when February approaches, the rumors about Ricky Rubio trade start.”

Ricky Rubio was not thrilled about being traded to Cleveland

Ricky Rubio has had a positive impact for the Cleveland Cavaliers during the early part of his tenure with the team. Rubio is one of Cleveland’s key veterans on a roster filled with young players. “Without getting too far out over my skis and getting aggregated too much, Ricky Rubio, from what I understand, was not thrilled about being traded to Cleveland,” said Brian Windhorst on his podcast. “And at this point in his career, I don’t really blame him.” “It was also like the 14th time he was traded in the last two years,” interjected Tim MacMahon.

“He signed thinking he was going to be playing alongside Devin Booker in Phoenix and next thing he knows he is in Cleveland. Okay, so it took some convincing to get Rubio sold on that this was the best place for him. Whatever they did, they got Rubio focused and he is providing very level-headed competent ball handling and execution, which considering the last couple of years, they’ve played with very young and sometimes very wild guards. Putting Rubio out there makes a difference.”

Rubio, 30, went from the Phoenix Suns to the Oklahoma City Thunder and from there to the Minnesota Timberwolves last November. A couple of weeks back, he was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers. “I am indeed a bit tired, but I have been in the NBA for ten years now and I know how it works,” he added citing his previous experience on being able to adjust to his new team, “At the end of the day, everyone tries to be ready to adapt to a new environment. You must be mentally prepared for his. But everything takes time.”

Ricky Rubio: 'I don't want to be on a team where there's no direction'

The ingredients are there for a renaissance in Minnesota, Rubio said. But if it doesn’t happen, they could reach a crossroads. “I don’t want to be on a team where there is no direction, there is no hope we can really take the next step,” he said. “I believe we can take the next step and really be a solid playoff team. That’s why when I got traded to Minnesota I was excited. I thought this was the year. We wasted a year, but there is no more years to waste. If not, the rebuilding process is gonna start over again and I don’t think that’s a fun part to be a part of.”

Clippers interested in Ricky Rubio?

Though the Clippers have interest in big-name point guards like Ball and Lowry, their more realistic trade targets would grab fewer headlines. League sources say the Clippers have had trade talks with Oklahoma City for George Hill and with Minnesota for Ricky Rubio. Los Angeles likely doesn’t have the assets necessary to acquire Ball or Lowry, but the team’s interest in both certainly speaks to the need for a playmaking presence who can stop the offense from running stagnant in fourth quarters.

But he was on the treadmill at his gym on Nov. 16 when he saw a tweet come across his feed. “It’s not the way you want to know, especially my agent was talking with the team and they said my name was off the table when all the rumors and all the stuff happened,” Rubio said. “You feel like everything that they have said to you all year and buying into a new project and a young team and they need you, blah, blah, blah. It seems like nothing’s true.”

Rubio the rookie was so much fun, wind in his hair as he surged up the court with teammates’ eyes wide open knowing full well a pass could be coming from any angle when they least expected it. Rubio the veteran has been hardened by the business side of the game. There is an edge to him now, one that will help him hold players accountable and speak his mind when something needs to be said. “Things have changed. Ten years change your life,” Rubio said. “I’m a different player, but I’m a different man, too.”

Ricky Rubio and the Phoenix Suns missed the playoffs last season but had an impressive run in the bubble to finish their season on a good note. However, Rubio won’t get a chance to ride the momentum, not with the Suns at least, as he was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder and he didn’t expect that move. “It was a surprise, especially because of the communication that there has been. When the rumors about my transfer, I called my people and they told me that my name was not on the table,” he said to ‘La Ventana’.

Rubio has been disappointed with the development and doesn’t like the way the players get treated. “By signing a contract you accept the conditions, but there are ways and means. Players are privileged, but those who are in charge of these things have to understand that, in addition to being players, we are also people. It is not a dish of good taste that when you are involved in a project, you leave your skin and are working hard, but at the first chance you have to go,” he explained.

Even with the Jazz winning seven of their last eight games, players understand the NBA is a business always in search of better opportunities — hence, former Jazzman Alec Burks learning he was traded for Kyle Korver ahead of the Jazz’s road contest versus Brooklyn in November. “Sometimes we forget, but this is a business and we saw it with AB (Alec Burks), a guy who was here eight years, and right before a game he was gone, and that’s it,” Rubio recalled. “That hits you. “As a team, it’s hard when a trade happens, especially when you have a team that connected, but I know and understand it’s a business and Kyle (Korver) is helping the team a lot,” he continued. “It was a great move so there’s balance to putting too much commitment to being a friend to somebody. That happens at every work; if they got a better job offer or the boss just decides to cut personnel, that happens. It happens in every business. I understand that this is a game and that’s why we love the game, but at the end of the day it’s a business.”

Firesale in Utah?

Sam Amick on Utah: “Listen, my understanding of Utah’s situation is that they’re as much of an open shop as there is in the league right now. Whether it’s Derrick Favors or Rodney Hood or even Ricky Rubio, they want to turn the page. They want to maximize Rudy Gobert’s prime. … Utah is going to look at everything right now. They obviously don’t feel like they have their core and they’re trying to figure things out. But yeah, I think Rodney gets moved. I think Derrick will draw decent interest. And the Rubio one, I didn’t know what to make of it. But if they are truly open to parting ways with Ricky, I think he’d have a good market too.”

Ricky Rubio: What we have in Minnesota is special and you don’t know that until you live there. You helped me to grow as a player, but more importantly as a person. I learned a lot, met incredible people who became part of my family and will always be in my heart…. especially you, Flip. I gave my best night after night. I’m sorry we couldn’t make the playoffs because you deserve it. I am grateful to the Timberwolves organization and all of my coaches, trainers and staff. Finally, I want to thank all of the amazing teammates I was fortunate to play alongside for the last 6 years. I wish nothing but the best for you guys.
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