SALT LAKE CITY — Ricky Rubio's name was all over Twitter leading up to the NBA's trade deadline, but it wasn't for the reason many people anticipated.
With rumors and reports circulating about the Utah Jazz being interested in trading him away for Memphis star Mike Conley, Rubio took to social media to add some levity to an awkward situation.
Though Utah can still pick up players off of the waiver wire, the team stood pat before the trade window closed at 1 p.m. Thursday. Rubio's light-hearted string of tweets Thursday might have been a good indicator that the front office had informed him he was staying in Utah.
The Jazz point guard's first tweet at 11:44 a.m. involved his joking partner in crime.
"Joe Ingles had two coffees this am league source tell Ricky," Rubio tweeted, adding a crazy face emoji.
Rubio, who usually only tweets every day or two, fired off another tweet five minutes later, joking that his code for the Zions Bank Basketball Campus was still functioning.
On a roll, Rubio, known for his ability to deliver assists and a "meow" line, tweeted out another joke just after noon — this one referring to avoiding any possible calls from his agent or the team that he might be headed elsewhere.
Rubio continued to have fun with the situation one minute before the trade deadline arrived, asking fans what uniform he'd be wearing. Understandably, he added an eye-roll emoji to that one.
Thirteen minutes after the deadline came and went, Rubio finished off his 5-for-5 tweeting streak by posting a GIF of a dancing Chandler Bing from the "Friends" sitcom.17 comments on this story
Though some were hoping to see what the team could become with Conley and perhaps a stretch-four forward and might have been disappointed with no trade action, one fan's response to Rubio reflected the feeling of many Jazz faithful who wanted the likeable and successful squad to remain the same going forward.
After all, #teamiseverything, right?
Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey will not address the media Thursday after his staff ended up not making any trades. In light of that no-comment development, fans and media are left to guess what his comments might be about keeping the popular and talented Rubio on the team.