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Report: Thunder trading Ricky Rubio, picks to Timberwolves for No. 17 (Aleksej Pokusevski)

Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio

OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 04: Ricky Rubio #9 of the Minnesota Timberwolves dribbles the ball on offense against the Golden State Warriors during an NBA basketball game at ORACLE Arena on April 4, 2017 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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The Timberwolves didn’t complicate their point guard situation, drafting Anthony Edwards rather than LaMelo Ball No. 1.

But Minnesota will still add another another point guard to play behind D’Angelo Russell.

The Timberwolves and Ricky Rubio, who began his NBA career in Minnesota, are reuniting.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

I wonder whether Rubio (two years, $34.8 million remaining) was valued positively or negatively in this trade. Trading the Nos. 25 and 28 picks for the No. 17 pick seems reasonable alone.

Presumably, Minnesota will send James Johnson’s expiring $16,047,100 contract to the Thunder to match salaries.

Rubio never fit in Oklahoma City. He was just matching salary in the Chris Paul trade.

Another great trade for the Thunder, who keep trading for assets then flipping incoming players for even more assets. Aleksej Pokusevski is a HIGHLY intriguing project.