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Report: Suns focusing on Ricky Rubio, not D’Angelo Russell, in free agency

Ricky Rubio, D'Angelo Russell

It’s no secret that the Phoenix Suns are in need of a point guard, so you would think they would be zeroing in on D’Angelo Russell, who is set to be a restricted free agent this summer.

Not so fast.

According to Zach Lowe of ESPN, the Suns are actually focusing on veteran floor general Ricky Rubio. Lowe adds that Phoenix will look at Russell, who’s close with Devin Booker, but Rubio seems to be the main target. The Suns currently only have about $14 million in cap room, making Rubio a more feasible target.

Rubio is coming off a 2018-19 campaign with the Utah Jazz in which he played 68 games and averaged 12.7 points, 6.1 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 1.3 steals over 27.9 minutes per game while shooting 40.4 percent from the floor, 31.1 percent from 3-point range and 85.5 percent from the free-throw line.

The 28-year-old, who came over to the NBA from Spain, was originally selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the fifth overall pick of the 2009 NBA Draft.

He made his NBA debut during the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season, appearing in 41 contests and registering 10.6 points, 8.2 assists, 4.2 boards and 2.2 steals across 34.2 minutes a night while making just 35.7 percent of his field goal attempts, 34.0 percent of his long-distance tries and 80.3 percent of his foul shots.

Rubio never improved much from that point. As a matter of fact, his career numbers are almost identical to his rookie stats, as he owns lifetime numbers of 11.1 points, 7.7 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 1.9 steals through 30.9 minutes per game while connecting on 38.8 percent of his shots, 32.2 percent of his triples and 83.8 percent of his free throws.

He spent the first six years of his career in Minnesota before being traded to Utah during the summer of 2017.