Ricky Rubio has been excellent for the Cavs to start the season and the veteran has proven himself to be a key addition to the team. Rubio is a true professional and based on what we’ve seen from him on the basketball court, you can’t really tell how he truly feels about making the move to Cleveland in the summer.
According to ESPN’s NBA insider Brian Windhorst, Rubio actually wasn’t too happy about being traded to the Cavs:
“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,” Windhorst said during an episode of the Hoop Collective podcast (h/t Sam Leweck of Cavaliers Nation). “And at this point in his career, I don’t really blame him.”
This also isn’t the first time this type of news has surfaced. Rubio himself previously admitted that he was hoping to get traded to a championship contender, which clearly is not the profile of the Cavs right now.
Rubio made his way to Cleveland during the offseason in a trade deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves. In exchange for the 31-year-old point guard, the Cavs sent Taurean Prince and a 2022 second-round draft pick to Minnesota.
In five games for the Cavs this season, Rubio is averaging a career-best 14.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 7.8 assists, 1.o steals, and 1.8 triples per game (also a career-high).