Ricky Rubio, Timberwolves reunion possible with Thunder talking trade
It is hard to dispute the fact that the Thunder and general manager Sam Presti have been the most active team from around the league this week. The Western Conference franchise notably sent veteran point guard Chris Paul to the Phoenix Suns in yet another massive deal.
With another point guard in Rubio heading from Phoenix to Oklahoma City in the very same deal, it now appears as though the Thunder could be looking to do some wheeling and dealing yet again.
According to a recent report from Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic, Rubio could be headed back to the Timberwolves as the Thunder continue to talk to other teams about possible trades with the 2020 NBA Draft now officially underway.
The Timberwolves are in talks to trade the 17th pick to OKC for Ricky Rubio and picks 25 and 28, sources tell @TheAthleticMIN
— Jon Krawczynski (@JonKrawczynski) November 19, 2020
The 30-year-old Rubio was originally selected by the Timberwolves with the No. 5 overall pick in the first round of the 2009 NBA Draft out of Spain. Rubio would then go on to spend the first six seasons of his NBA playing career as a member of the Timberwolves before ultimately suiting up for the Utah Jazz and aforementioned Suns.
With Rubio now technically a member of the Thunder thanks to the deal between Oklahoma City and Phoenix, it remains to be seen as to whether or not he actually suits up for the Thunder in the end.
It is also worth noting that the Timberwolves have already selected former Georgia Bulldogs shooting guard Anthony Edwards with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.
UPDATE: The trade is completed, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Minnesota is acquiring Oklahoma City's Ricky Rubio, the 25th and 28th picks for a package that includes the No. 17 pick, sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 19, 2020
Pick Nos. 25 and 28 go along with Rubio to the Timberwolves for the 17th pick to the Thunder.