Cavs trade for PG Ricky Rubio
The Cavs trading away Taurean Prince for Ricky Rubio was a stroke of genius by GM Koby Altman. More than likely on the hot-seat, Altman has to nail this offseason and this was a good first step. The team is in relative shambles and while some people in the media like Chris Fedor constantly put over Altman’s tenure as GM, the record and fanbase are not as kind. The team needed to get better offensively this year and give head coach J.B. Bickerstaff the players he needs to implement his defensive system effectively.
Altman did that in spades with the trade for Rubio. In an honestly baffling decision, the Timberwolves sent over Rubio and only got back a second-round pick, about $2 million in cash, and Prince, who, like Rubio, is on the last year of his contract. Maybe this was a move for the Timberwolves to try and clear a few million in cap space but it largely seems like a wasted trade for Minnesota.
Rubio is an effective player on both ends of the court and can not only get you 25 minutes as a reserve but if for whatever reason were he needed to start, he would and could do a bang-up job while doing it.
You don’t get many +offense and +defense guys in trades for relatively nothing. The fact the Cavaliers did just that on Thursday really has set the tone of the offseason. The steal of Draft Day 2021 didn’t even happen during the draft.