With days to go until the annual NBA trade deadline and the Indiana Pacers in town, Koby Altman and the Cleveland Cavaliers decided to make a deal.
Sources say that the Cavaliers will send Ricky Rubio, a 2022 lottery-protected first-round pick, a 2022 second-round selection via the Houston Rockets as well as a future second-round selection for swingman Caris LeVert. Cleveland trying to acquire LeVert has been one of the league’s worst-kept secrets leading up to this year’s deadline as the Cavaliers have a dire need for an extra scoring punch in their backcourt after losing Rubio and Collin Sexton for the year. They’ll get exactly that in LeVert - who is averaging 18.7 points per game on 44.7% shooting along with 3.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists.
Rubio was a solid locker room presence for Cleveland this season and was key in the development of Darius Garland. But, at the end of the day, the league is a business and his expiring contract is a trade asset. Now that LeVert is a Cavalier, the former Ohio University commit can finally play hoops in his home state.