Should the Phoenix Suns consider trading Ricky Rubio?

Phoenix Suns, Ricky Rubio (Photo by Michael Gonzales/NBAE via Getty Images)
Phoenix Suns, Ricky Rubio (Photo by Michael Gonzales/NBAE via Getty Images) /

The Phoenix Suns may make a few big moves this offseason. Should one of them be trading away Ricky Rubio, who has played well for them this season?

After a very successful run in the NBA’s Orlando bubble, you wonder if the Phoenix Suns make any big moves this offseason. One of those potential big moves could be trading away Ricky Rubio. Rubio was a big reason the Suns were as good as they were, but James Jones could decide to move on from the aging guard and set themselves up for future success.

Recently, the Phoenix Suns have been linked to Davis Bertans and Fred VanVleet, and in order to land one of them in free agency, the Suns may need to consider trading Ricky Rubio. Overall Rubio had a great season. He averaged 13 points, 4.7 assists, and 8.8 assists on a career-best 36.1 percent from 3-point land.

Should the Phoenix Suns trade Ricky Rubio?

Fans of Phoenix on Twitter have been very against the idea of trading Rubio, but this is probably due to recency bias. In my opinion, the Suns are set for the future at small/power forward with Mikal Bridges, and Kelly Oubre Jr, and are obviously set with Deandre Ayton, and Devin Booker, yet they still lack a point guard of the future.

Rubio could hold some serious trade value after showing his value this past season. A team like Indiana could look to do a straight-up point guard swap. Indiana had an interest in Rubio this past offseason and Phoenix would be smart in giving them a call about Rubio for Brogdon. Brogdon was once a member of the 50/40/90 club and played very well for the Pacers. Brogdon is a pass-first guy who plays hard on defense, and he would fit the young but experienced role for the Suns.

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Another point guard rumored to be on the trading block is Lonzo Ball. Lonzo has underperformed, to say the least, but the culture the Suns have built may help him turn it around. However, the Suns may have to also part with the tenth overall pick in this year’s draft, and if New Orleans asked for it, hopefully, the Suns could also snag someone else in the deal.

I hope the Phoenix Suns do not go and trade Rubio just for the sake of doing it, but if they can find a good deal, I am all for it. Rubio at his worst was terrible, but at his best, he is definitely the most talented point guard the Suns have had since Steve Nash.

One of the biggest reasons to trade Rubio is to clear cap space for VanVleet. It would make more sense to trade him than Kelly Oubre from a need perspective. Then, if the Suns are able to select Killian Hayes at ten, they would be in good shape.

There are a lot of options for the Suns to consider, and will probably end up keeping Rubio, but if I were the Suns I would thank Ricky for all he did and try to find the point guard of the future.

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