Skip to main content

Report: Timberwolves trade Ricky Rubio to Cleveland

Rubio's homecoming in Minnesota lasted just one season.
Ricky Rubio

The Minnesota Timberwolves have reportedly traded Ricky Rubio to the Cleveland Cavaliers, marking the end of a homecoming that lasted just one season.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Timberwolves will receive forward Taurean Prince, a 2022 second round pick and cash considerations back in the deal.

Rubio averaged 8.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 6.4 assists in 68 games with Minnesota last season. The veteran guard shot 30.8% from three, well below the 36.1% he shot from deep in 2019-20 with the Suns.

The Timberwolves acquired Rubio in a draft day trade with the Suns but he had trouble adapting to a role off the bench. Although he took over as starting point guard late in the season his $17.8 million salary for this upcoming season made him an intriguing trade chip.

Prince was a nearly full-time starter with the Atlanta Hawks 2017-2019 before being traded to Brooklyn. He started 61 games for the Nets in 2019-20 – averaging just over 12 points and 6 rebounds – before his role was diminished, ultimately leading to the Nets trading him to Cleveland midway through the last season.

Prince provides Minnesota with depth on the wings. He's a 6-foot-7 small forward who can shoot from deep. The 26-year-old shot 41.5% from three last season and is a 37% shooter from three in his career.

The trade comes in advance of tonight's NBA Draft, where the Timberwolves are without a pick due to the Andrew Wiggins deal that sent D'Angelo Russell to Minnesota.

Next Up

Kris Richard Severin

Inmate who escaped Minnesota prison is captured

The inmate escaped Wednesday morning.

Brave New Comedy Workshop in downtown Minneapolis.

Brave New Workshop cancels shows due to COVID-19 cases

The shows were scheduled for Friday and Saturday at the Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre.

Austin Retterath

Body of missing U of M student found in Mississippi River

Austin Retterath was last seen alive in the morning hours of May 8.

"Love" mural seen in St. Paul.

Summer mural events to bring together community, shine light on MN artists

The 2022 Chroma Zone Mural & Art Festival will take place this weekend in St. Paul's Creative Enterprise Zone, with ensuing events happening this summer.


Gallery: Remodeled lakeside home in Prior Lake on market for $2.8M

It offers privacy at the end of a dead-end road fronting onto Lower Prior Lake.

golden valley police department

Carjacking outside ice arena in Golden Valley under investigation

Golden Valley PD confirmed it received a report of a carjacking Monday evening.


Signs that MN Legislature could move to loosen liquor laws

A provision was approved by a legislature committee on Thursday but still awaits a final decision from the House and Senate.

US Bank Stadium

U.S. Bank Stadium looking to hire 400 part-time workers

A hiring fair will be held for the positions.

Screen Shot 2022-05-20 at 8.55.56 AM

Officials looking for man last seen leaving Hudson home

David Mckay, 67, was last seen in Hudson Thursday morning.


'Hyper-contagious' BA.4, BA.5 COVID variants confirmed in MN

Omicron continues to evolve into a more transmissible virus.


Ricky Rubio

Report: Magic interested in trading for Ricky Rubio

Rubio's homecoming with the Timberwolves may be short-lived.

Ricky Rubio

Report: Timberwolves bringing Ricky Rubio back to Minnesota

The former Timberwolves star is coming home in exchange for the 17th overall pick.

Ben Simmons

Report: Timberwolves 'badly' want to trade for Ben Simmons

Simmons will be one of the NBA's hottest trade targets this offseason

Malik Beasley

Timberwolves' bench steps up to beat Spurs

Malik Beasley got hot to sweep help Minnesota pick up back-to-back victories.

Lauri Markkanen

Report: Timberwolves interested in sign-and-trade for Lauri Markkanen

The Wolves will look to upgrade at power forward in free agency.

Kevin Garnett

Ranking the 10 best Timberwolves players of all time

We try to rank the best players in Minnesota's most-cursed franchise.

Jake Layman

Observations from the Timberwolves' first preseason game

The Wolves looked like a team that hasn't played in nine months.

Karl-Anthony Towns / Timberwolves

Timberwolves hang on for win against Raptors

The Timberwolves earned their first road win over the Raptors since 2004.