Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Ricky Rubio is targeting a return to game action against the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday after missing one year due to a left ACL tear, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarwoski.
ESPN Sources: After a full year of rehabilitating an ACL tear in his left knee, Cavaliers guard Ricky Rubio is targeting a return against the Trail Blazers on Thursday. Rubio will practice today, and if all goes well, play in Portland tomorrow.
Prior to injury, Rubio was thriving in a 6th Man role with the Cavaliers, averaging 13.1 points and 6.6 assists per game off the bench. He signed a three-year, $18.4-million contract in Cleveland during the NBA offseason.
It is unlikely that Rubio will play significant minutes in his 2023 debut, but it is encouraging to see him aiming at a return to the court. The 32-year-old veteran is one of the league’s craftiest facilitators and brings tremendous experience to a flourishing young team.