• Ricky Rubio has maintained a connection with the Cavaliers even after he was traded to the Pacers in February
  • His relationship with the organization "increases" his chances of returning, a report says
  • The Cavaliers are expected to search for a point guard in the NBA offseason

The Cleveland Cavaliers are expected to continue their masterful rebuilding by filling the gaps in the rotation heading into the 2022-23 NBA season.

One position that the Cavaliers are expected to address is the point guard void. One name being suggested is Ricky Rubio, who had revived his NBA career before an ACL injury cut his season short.

After Rubio suffered a torn ACL in his left knee in December 2021, the Cavs traded the 31-year-old Spaniard to the Indiana Pacers along with a lottery-protected 2022 first-round pick, a 2022 second-round pick and a 2027 second-round pick. In exchange, the Cavaliers received Caris LeVert and a 2022 second-round pick.

Rubio was on an expiring $17.8 million deal, NBA insider for ESPN Bobby Marks reported.

With Rubio likely to be available again in the summer, Chris Fedor of suggested that there is a chance that Rubio may reunite with the Cavs to fill the hole at point guard.

Despite being traded, Rubio has kept an open line with the Cavaliers, according to the journalist.

“The hole at point guard is reserved for a stabilizing veteran — Ricky Rubio, Delon Wright or Tyus Jones, among others. Rubio’s relationship with the organization increases the chances of returning, with one source maintaining that it’s ‘highly likely,'” Fedor wrote.

International Business Times could not independently verify this information.

Rubio saw action for 34 games with the Cavaliers before getting injured. He averaged 13.1 points, 6.6 assists and 4.1 rebounds.

There is no telling when the fifth overall pick of the 2005 NBA Draft will be able to get back to basketball activities. Hence, it would be wise to take this claim lightly since there are several factors to consider. One of them is the 6-foot-2 guard's condition after he gets a clean bill of health from rehab.

Regardless, the Cavaliers are expected to skim the market for a point guard. Darius Garland is around, along with Collin Sexton. But Rubio brings a different kind of dimension when it comes to playmaking, making the Spaniard worthy of being given a new lease despite his injury history.

Ricky Rubio #3 of the Cleveland Cavaliers
Ricky Rubio #3 of the Cleveland Cavaliers Getty Images | Sean Gardner