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Cleveland Cavaliers trade Ricky Rubio for Indiana Pacers’ Caris LeVert

Cleveland Cavaliers trade Ricky Rubio for Indiana Pacers’ Caris LeVert

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Feb 07
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The Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly traded Ricky Rubio for shooting guard Caris LeVert of the Indiana Pacers before the two teams played on Sunday, February 6, 2022.

LeVert was ruled out of the game by the Pacers as the team finalized the decision for the NBA trade.

The Cavs made the deal in exchange for their veteran guard Ricky Rubio, who has been out with an injury following a torn ACL to his left knee and with his contract is set to expire at the end of the season.

The Pacers’ head coach Rick Carlisle confirmed that the deal had been planned ahead of the NBA trade deadline and that LeVert was supposed to play Sunday, but the Pacers were “upfront” on LeVert’s situation.

“Before the deal was consummated, I had Caris in my office here in the arena, and Chad Buchanan, our general manager, was on speaker (phone) with me in the room, Caris in the room, before Cleveland had agreed to the final terms of the deal,” Carlisle said.

The Pacers additionally will receive Cleveland’s lottery-protected 2022 first-round pick, a 2022 second-round pick via Houston, and a 2027 second-round pick via Utah.

LeVert was averaging 18.7 points, 4.4 assists, and 3.8 rebounds this season. Prior to the Pacers, LeVert had spent a considerably longer time with the Brooklyn Nets.

“I obviously wish him the best,” Carlisle said. “Cleveland’s in a great position, a game and a half or something like that out of first (place) in the Eastern Conference, and adding a guy like Caris LeVert could very well push them to the top.”

On the other hand, the Spanish international Rubio tore his ACL in his left knee during a game against the New Orleans Pelicans back in December.

Furthermore, Rubio had averaged 13.1 points and 6.6 assists per game for 34 games during his time with the Cavs. Prior to the Cavs, Rubio spent one year with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

  • Cleveland Cavaliers

    The Cleveland Cavaliers are an American professional basketball team based in Cleveland.

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  • Ricky Rubio

    Ricard Rubio Vives is a Spanish professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association .

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  • Caris LeVert

    Caris Coleman LeVert is an American professional basketball player for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association . He played college basketball for the Michigan Wolverines.

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  • Rick Carlisle

    Richard Preston Carlisle is an American basketball coach and former player who is the head coach for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association .

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