Utah Jazz Land Ricky Rubio In Exchange For First-Round Pick

Report: Timberwolves sign point guard Teague

Report: Jeff Teague agrees to three-year, $57 million deal with Wolves

Over that span, my multiyear projections value his production at more than $50 million.

Saying he wouldn't trade anything he did in the last six years, Rubio added "What we have in Minnesota is special and you don't know that until you live there".

Rubio's favorable contract may enable the Jazz to make more moves in free agency.

In truth, and I say this as a Jazz fan, Hayward's best option might be to sign with Boston.

Let's start first with their current cap and roster situation. Teague recently turned 29 and Hill is 31. By trading for Rubio early, Utah has mitigated the damage from its worst-case scenario-losing both Hayward and Hill-and improved its positioning for the Hayward derby. Rubio is a woefully ineffective shooter, but he is a strong individual defender who should fit in well to the Jazz's defense-first approach and his excellent 3.4 assist-to-turnover ratio will help his new team maximize its offensive opportunities while playing its controlled, slow-down style.

In 2016-17, he played in all 82 regular season games and averaged 32.4 minutes, 15.3 points (44.2% FG, 35.7% 3PT, 86.7% FT), 4 rebounds, 7.8 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.4 blocks, 2.6 turnovers, and 2 fouls.

On the downside, Hill and Hayward are said to be good friends. Rubio's court vision is ideal for a team that wants to score using the pass.

Additionally, Rubio's size and defensive skills and impact make him an ideal fit in Utah. With that in mind, Rubio should be a nice addition for Utah. Jeff Teague looks like the favorite to land in Minnesota as the team's starting point guard next season. If it's not conveyed by that point, the T-Wolves will instead receive two second-round picks.

A Rubio trade was probably inevitable after the Timberwolves acquired Jimmy Butler. Whereas I had him as the 13th-ranked point guard and 45th overall prospect on my big board in April, I'd now slide him past Jrue Holiday (assuming he re-signs with the New Orleans Pelicans) and Miami Heat floor general Goran Dragic. And, on the plus side, the Timberwolves recouped some value. In return, Minnesota received the Jazz's 2018 first-round pick, via the Oklahoma City Thunder, which is top-14 pick protected.

On the eve of National Basketball Association free agency, National Basketball Association fans across the country and here in Minnesota have seen a insane start to the National Basketball Association offseason. Now the Wolves wouldn't have cap space to sign Iggy, but with an $8.4 million non-taxpayer mid-level exception, they would be able to offer him a competitive contract that is only four million less than the $12 million he made last season.

After rumors went around of a possible trade to the Utah Jazz on Friday, the Timberwolves Public Relations Twitter account confirmed the details of the trade and attached a statement from head coach and team president Tom Thibodeau to show their gratitude for Rubio and everything he's done for the team.

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