The Cleveland Cavaliers are busy putting together a team that can take them far into the postseason next year.
But they still need reliable, proven role players to help push them forward.
It sounds like they are getting at least one.
— Chris Fedor (@ChrisFedor) July 1, 2022
The Cavaliers have agreed to sign veteran guard Ricky Rubio to a three-year deal worth $18.4 million, including a partial guarantee in the final year.
This isn’t Rubio’s first dance with Cleveland but hopefully this time around in The Land goes better than the last.
Running It Back With Rubio
Cleveland fans know that Rubio started last season with the Cavs and was actually doing quite well, averaging 13.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 6.6 assists during 28.5 minutes played per game.
Then bad luck caught up with Rubio and he missed the rest of the season because he tore his left ACL in December.
He hasn’t played a game since then and his rehabilitation isn’t yet complete but it’s expected that he will be ready to play towards the start of the season.
Rubio has long been a very smart and efficient guard but he is no spring chicken, and will be 32 when the new season rolls around.
His age and a slew of injuries are leaving some concerned that he won’t be able to play too much with the Cavs.
Hopefully that’s not the case because he seemed to fit in perfectly with the team.
He brings a mix of skills and basketball IQ and experience that helps other guys on the squad play better.
His assist game is also particularly exciting as he seems to find multiple ways of connecting with his teammates.
Here’s hoping we see a healthy Rubio when the new season begins.