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Suns’ Ricky Rubio was ‘close’ to signing with Pacers, happy he landed in Phoenix

Ricky Rubio, Pacers, Suns

Ricky Rubio almost signed with the Indiana Pacers this past summer in free agency, but he ended up joining the Phoenix Suns.

Rubio admits he was “close” to signing with the Pacers. The veteran point guard is happy, though, that he landed with the Suns, per Gina Mizell of The Athletic:

Early in the day on June 30, league sources familiar with Rubio’s free-agency process told The Athletic there was “100 percent” belief that the 29-year-old point guard would sign with Indiana. During a Wednesday-morning conversation with The Athletic, Ricky Rubio himself acknowledged “it was close.”

But then unexpected personnel dominoes rapidly started falling, which ultimately sent Rubio to a Phoenix team thrilled to have him.

“Things went crazy by the end,” Rubio told The Athletic. “But I think I ended up in a spot where it was meant to be. … I think I landed in the best-case scenario.”

Rubio has appeared in 37 games this season for the Suns. He’s averaging 13.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 9.2 assists while shooting 41.1 percent from the field, 33.6 percent from beyond the arc and 82.5 percent from the free-throw line.

The Pacers acquired Malcolm Brogdon from the Milwaukee Bucks in a sign-and-trade deal, so they were able to address their point guard situation after Darren Collison retired.

The Suns are 18-26 on the season. They are in 11th place in the Western Conference standings.