Markkanen will be Ricky’s teammates on the Cavs

A three-team trade sent the forward free agent Lauri markkanen to the Cavaliers Cleveland was announced Saturday, the day after the trade of three players and two draft picks was first reported.

Markkanen addresses the Cavaliers with a new four-year, $ 67 million contract previously signed with the Chicago Bulls. It is one of the movements of the Cleveland team, Ricky Rubio’s new destination, where he also points to a departure from veteran Kevin Love.

Chicago will acquire the forward Derrick Jones Jr. and a 2022 lottery-protected first-round pick from the Portland Trail Blazers, and will receive a 2023 second-round pick from the Cavaliers.

Portland acquired the pivot Larry Nance Jr. of Cleveland to complete the agreement.

MarkkanenThe 24-year-old averaged 13.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 0.9 assists in 51 games (26 as a starter) last season. He has averaged 15.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 221 career games (195 starts) since he was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the seventh global election of the Draft of the NBA of 2017.

Jones, 24, averaged 6.8 points and 3.5 rebounds in 58 games (43 as a starter) in his first season with the Trail blazers in 2020-21. He averaged those same totals in 229 career games (89 as a starter) with the Phoenix suns, Miami Heat and Portland.

NanceThe 28-year-old averaged 9.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 35 games (27 as a starter) last season with the Cavaliers. He has averaged 8.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 350 games (122 as a starter) with Los Angeles. Lakers and Cleveland.

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