The Cavs and their fans were dealt a blow when the team announced backup point guard Ricky Rubio was out for the season after suffering an ACL injury to his knee during Cleveland’s loss to the Pelicans Dec. 28.
Rubio may have been a reserve, but he was a major player in the. Cavs’ re-birth. He was a pass-first point guard who kept the offense flowing. He and Kevin Love and found new blood 10 years after teaming up together as younger players in Minnesota.
I’m all for brining Rubio back next season, because we’ve seen his value first hand. That said, the shrewd. business decision may be to move the Olympian.
Rubio’s in the final year of his contract, which will pay him $17 million. You’d think he’d be worth nothing considering he can’t play. Well, this is the NBA. Somewhere out there, there’s a team looking to get an expiring contract that will be off the books at season’s end.
The Cavs have been tied to Caris LaVert in trade talks and guess what? He’s earning $17.5 million this season. The money basically matches, and with Indiana acknowledging they’re in a rebuild, the former Michigan star would look good in a Wild and Gold uniform.
Another Cavs trade option?
Another options could be Eric Gordon. The Rockets are going nowhere and Gordon is. under contract through the 2023-2024 season.
Gordon is averring 15.1 points and 5.0 assist per night. He’s 32, but the key thing to remember about him is that we’d be asking him to do a lot of heavy lifting against the back-ups of the opposition.
It’s a position Rubio thrived in and Gordon might be able to do as well.
Losing Rubio stinks. No one was a bigger fan than me, and if he was healthy, it would’ve taken an offer I couldn’t refuse to unload him.
That said, the Cavs are need of upgrading the roster after losing last year’s leading scorer, Collin Sexton, in addition to their backup point guard.