The Cleveland Cavaliers came into the season with fairly low expectations. So when the team somehow managed to string together three wins in its last four games, it caught a lot of folks off guard.
A big reason why Cleveland has enjoyed so much relative success has been the addition of Ricky Rubio.
Rubio has been a steadying force for this young Cavaliers group, ultimately averaging a career high 14.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 7.8 assists, 1.0 steals per game. He is also connecting on 1.8 three pointers per outing.
Unfortunately, it’s not all positive news.
During a recent episode of the Hoops Collective, ESPN NBA insider Brian Windhorst revealed that Rubio was actually somewhat displeased with getting shipped off to Cleveland.
“Without getting too far out over my skis and getting aggregated too much, Ricky Rubio, from what I understand, was not thrilled about being traded to Cleveland,” Windhorst said. “And at this point in his career, I don’t really blame him.”
None of that should come as a surprise. You will recall, Rubio himself has previously suggested that he was hoping to end up with a title contender.
“I wish and I can hope I can play for a team one day that’s playing for a championship right away,” he said, per Evan Dammarell of Fear the Sword. “That’s not the case right now but I want to help this team get there someday.”
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The Cavaliers are clearly in rebuilding mode. The fact that they’re currently very close to trading Kevin Love to a Western Conference partner and Collin Sexton to an Eastern Conference partner is indicative of that.
As such, it’s easy to see where Rubio is coming from. Hopefully at some point he will ultimately get his wish to suit up for a title contender – because clearly he isn’t on one right now.