Eh, he was one of the best players on the court against the Nets and he was a bad matchup in a game where the focus was not allowing Trae to hide on defense. Also, the Hawks clearly game planned for him. They were in his shirt. He's expiring after this season, unless there's a good trade, the Cavs should let him play out his contract. Regardless of what happens with Rubio, the Cavs need an upgrade at backup PG. It's the second biggest need behind shooting.
As the resident Rondo Stan, the biggest problem with him was availability. We only got a pinch of Good Rondo when he was here. If he decides to hang it up after this season, I'd like him to be somewhere on the Cavs staff or something, because he was a net positive as far as the off-court aspects are concerned.
But the absolute astronomical hit that Rubio was as the Delly successor was painfully obvious when he was gone. His impact could not be replicated or understated. I had my gripes about some of the things he did (shouldn't have had so many shots or minutes, Knicks game notwithstanding). It was the same in 20-21 season, which was an absolute disaster and no one knew what Garland could be. Now that we do, the Cavs really gotta hit another triple, if not a home run with who comes next. Regardless of how they handle Rubio (I think the Cavs are going to try to get him back, but he likely would not be a factor if so until sometime in 2023).
Rest for Garland without a catastrophic drop in production is key.
As for Kevin Love -- can't believe he made it through 21-22 without getting dinged too much and produced like he did coming off the bench. He has absolutely earned the end of his contract in CLE. The willingness to take a back seat worked wonders for him.