Minnesota trading Ricky Rubio to Utah for first-round pick

Minnesota trading Ricky Rubio to Utah for first-round pick

Minnesota trading Ricky Rubio to Utah for first-round pick

For the sake of not assuming the Timberwolves are committing tampering, let's assume that Minnesota hasn't formalized anything yet given that they can't actually talk to Teague yet.

This comes after the Timberwolves announced Friday they acquired a 2018 first-round pick from the Utah Jazz in exchange for point guard Ricky Rubio.

It's also worth pointing out that the Jazz acquired the Thunder's pick in a 2015 trade involving Enes Kanter, who was months away from a major free-agency payday. The deal was reported by the Associated Press just minutes after free agency's official 11 p.m. central start time.

Utah needed to use $16 million in their salary cap that expired Friday night. Utah reached the playoffs for the first time since 2012.

The Utah Jazz have a new point guard. In his only season in Utah, Hill was very effective when healthy, averaging 16.9 points and 4.2 assists per game.

Below are the three-point percentages from last season of the point guards who are available free agents this offseason. He turned 29 last month and fits with the philosophy of ramping up the development curve for a team that has had a baby-faced core for the last three years. While all three can hit threes, they aren't unsafe enough floor spacers to really create the spacing that the Timberwolves crave.

Rubio has been at the center of trade rumors for years, and one finally came to fruition. With Rubio coming in, it's clear that Hill will be playing in a different uniform next season.

And, really, it would be ill-advised for the Jazz - one of the league's most injury-plagued teams last season - to dole out the big bucks to a player on the wrong side of 30 who missed 33 games during the '16-17 campaign.

Shooting is still a weakness for him, but he has shown signs of improvement.

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On Saturday, Rubio said goodbye to the only National Basketball Association home city he's ever known, posting a farewell on his Instagram account.

Rubio, Butler and Andrew Wiggins can all hit the three, but none is a sharpshooter.

As compared to the group of comparable point guards, Rubio has the advantage of being younger.

Thibodeau ultimately made a decision to pass on the deal.

Rubio can't, hasn't, and probably will never be able to shoot.

As of this report, Vegas Insider lists the Minnesota Timberwolves as 40 to 1 on the future odds to win the NBA Championship next year, which ranks them at sixth overall behind teams including the Rockets, Spurs, Cavs, and reigning NBA Champion Warriors.

After six straight years of losing, he joins a top-flight franchise on the rise.

It's hard to accurately gauge Rubio's 2017-18 fantasy value until we know whether Gordon Hayward and/or Joe Ingles will stay in Utah.

If Hayward returns, Rubio is a worse fit alongside him than Hill, whose 3-point shooting allowed him to play both on and off the ball.

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