Suns’ GM: ‘Ricky(Rubio) makes everyone around him better’

The Phoenix Suns and Ricky Rubio agree to multi-year contract, the team announced today.

According to reports, it’s a three-year, $51 million deal.

“Ricky is a phenomenal player and floor general,” said General Manager James Jones. “Ricky makes everyone around him better and we couldn’t be happier to add a player of his caliber and experience to our franchise.”

Rubio ranks fifth among all active players in assists per game (18th all-time) and second among active players in steals per game (19th all-time) with five career seasons ranking in the league’s top ten in assists per game and four seasons in the top ten in steals per game. Rubio is one of just five players to rank in the top 20 in NBA history in both assists and steals per game, joined by current or future Hall of Fame point guards Jason Kidd, Magic Johnson, John Stockton and Chris Paul. He holds career averages of 11.1 points, 7.7 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 1.93 steals in eight NBA seasons with Minnesota and Utah.

The 28-year-old played the last two seasons with the Jazz, averaging 12.9 points, 5.7 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 1.46 steals in 145 games to help Utah to consecutive playoff appearances. Rubio started all 11 of his postseason appearances for the Jazz, averaging 14.6 points, 7.7 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 1.82 steals in the playoffs the past two seasons.

Rubio will wear uniform No. 11 for the Suns.

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