Thunder trade Ricky Rubio back to Minnesota for draft picks

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However, OKC shipped Rubio to the Timberwolves, who are excited about getting their point guard back. Edwards, 19, could eventually become a third star next to Karl-Anthony Towns and D'Angelo Russell.

The Minnesota Timberwolves and Oklahoma City Thunder continue to work out the details of Wednesday's trade that will reportedly see Ricky Rubio return to the Twin Cities. The Wolves officially announced his acquisition on Friday.

The 30-year-old was first traded from the Phoenix Suns to the Oklahoma City Thunder as part of the deal that saw Chris Paul head to Arizona, but the Timberwolves swooped in for Rubio just before the draft got underway. Minnesota has made the playoffs only once in the last 16 years, a first-round loss to Houston in 2018.This was the second time in 32 drafts for this woebegone franchise that the Timberwolves held the top pick. 25 and 28 picks for a package that includes the No. 17 pick, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Rubio averaged 13 points and 8.8 assists per game last season with the Phoenix Suns.

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The deal: Also on Friday, the Wolves reached an agreement with restricted free agent Malik Beasley on a four-year, $60 million contract.

Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders is said to be a huge fan of Rubio's.

Does Rubio fit the mold of what the Wolves are trying to put together? "I'm thrilled to welcome him back to Minneapolis".

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