The Phoenix Suns traded Rubio to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Chris Paul trade. However, OKC shipped Rubio to the Timberwolves, who are excited about getting their point guard back.
— Jon Krawczynski (@JonKrawczynski) November 19, 2020
Ricky Rubio played the first six years of his career with the Timberwolves. He averaged 10.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and 8.5 assists in 353 games while shooting 37.5 percent from the field, 31.5 percent from beyond the arc and 83.0 percent from the free-throw line.
The Timberwolves now have three high-level guards on the team in Rubio, D'Angelo Russell and Anthony Edwards. Minnesota acquired Russell from the Golden State Warriors at the 2020 trade deadline and drafted Edwards with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 draft.
Rubio is one of the best passers in the NBA and he's improved his scoring ability since his early Timberwolves days. With the Suns in 2019-20, the 30-year-old put up 13.0 points and 8.8 assists a night and shot 41.5 percent overall and 36.1 percent from the 3-point line.
During his first stint with the Timberwolves, Rubio never played in the playoffs. The Minnesota franchise has only made the postseason one time since 2004. That was back in 2018 when Jimmy Butler was on the team.
Timberwolves All-Star big man Karl-Anthony Towns has to be happy to have Rubio back in the mix since Rubio is a pass-first guard, which is rare in today's NBA.
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