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Report: Timberwolves trading Ricky Rubio to Cavaliers for Taurean Prince

Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio and Cavaliers forward Taurean Prince

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 31: Ricky Rubio #9 of the Minnesota Timberwolves shoots the ball over Taurean Prince #12 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second quarter at Target Center on January 31, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 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 Harrison Barden/Getty Images)

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The Cavaliers are trying to build a strong culture, perhaps overcorrecting from the mess they made the previous time LeBron James left – and too often failing, anyway.

But they’re still trying.

That means trading for a respected professional like Ricky Rubio, sending Taurean Prince to the Timberwolves.

Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic:

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

The Cavs were already overloaded at point guard with Darius Garland and Collin Sexton. This will only fuel speculation Cleveland will trade Sexton.

But Rubio is no longer central to team-building at age 30. The Cavaliers can play all three in their rotation with Rubio holding a limited role.

Both Rubio ($17.8 million) and Prince ($13 million) are on expiring contracts. The Timberwolves did well to trim salary, get the pick and cash in the deal.

Rubio never fit well with Minnesota, which has D’Angelo Russell at point guard. Though Russell can play as a combo guard, the Timberwolves have Anthony Edwards, Malik Beasley, Jaden McDaniels and Josh Okogie on the wing. Jordan McLaughlin could serve as primary backup point guard.

Prince could help at power forward, though he first must get healthy.