The serious knee injury suffered by Ricky Rubio at the end of December forced the Cleveland Cavaliers to make an immediate move to make up for his absence. Thus, the Ohio franchise closed the incorporation of Rajon Rondo from the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Denzel Valentine.
In the three games he has played with his new team, he has averaged 21.7 minutes, an amount higher than that recorded in Californian lands (16.1). Not only that, but the Cavaliers are currently immersed in a more positive narrative than the one followed by the gold and purple franchise.
An environment that has not gone unnoticed by the experienced guard, who has welcomed this change of home. «I was fine in Los Angeles but, at the same time, for my mental health, I think I will be much happier [en Cleveland] because I like to compete and play. And here I will have that opportunity, “said the base for the media The Undefeated. “I wasn’t freaking out on the bench there but I was looking forward to playing and making a bigger impact.”
In fact, not only has he enjoyed more minutes in these first games, but also greater offensive relevance. His usage rate has increased from 15.6% to 22.7% and his shot attempts have doubled (from 3.9 to 8.0), allowing him to exceed ten points in two of the games. commitments played.
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