Wolves trade Ricky Rubio to Utah Jazz

Report: Timberwolves sign point guard Teague

On Friday, Marc Stein of ESPN reported the Knicks "abandoned their hopes" of meeting with him because they are "convinced" he has already committed to joining the Minnesota Timberwolves. Their trade for Jimmy Butler seemingly closed the door on Rubio's time in Minnesota, as starting three shaky perimeter shooters in Rubio (career 32% from deep), Butler (career 34%) and Andrew Wiggins (career 33%) was going to be untenable.

Rubio averaged 11.1 points, 41 rebounds, and 9.1 assists per game while posting a 0.9 nERD rating last season, ranking 110th out of 486 National Basketball Association players.

So ultimately we won't really know how to evaluate this trade until we find out which point guard the Timberwolves choose to replace Rubio and how much that costs them. Currently, without G-Time and Ingles on the roster, Utah is on the books for roughly $78 million next season.

Minnesota desperately needs shooters to complete the team they are now assembling. You have to guard him out at the three-point line more than you would have to pay attention to Rubio.

With Rubio in Salt Lake, who will be the next point guard to purify himself in the waters of Lake Minnetonka?




This deal likely means George Hill is headed elsewhere in free agency, and could open the door for Kyle Lowry or another point guard to wind up in Minnesota.

Thibodeau had always been known to prefer point guards with more of a scoring mentality and had success with those types of players - Derrick Rose, D.J. Augustin, Nate Robinson - in Chicago. He will remain a tradeable player on a contract that's about league average for a starter depending on what happens with Hill and Dante Exum.

Teague, meanwhile, does lose some value here, as he'll be the No. 4 offensive option in Minnesota rather than the Robin to Paul George's Batman. Teague will make roughly $19 million a year over the three years. Minnesota selected the point guard out of Barcelona as the fifth overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.

The 36-year-old Korver, though, remains one of the best outside shooters in league history and has expressed an interest in staying with Cleveland after making it to the finals for the first time in his career last season. Jon Krawczynski of AP reports that owner Glen Taylor "resisted" any Rubio trades until immediately before, which suggests that a worthwhile party became an interested one.

The Utah Jazz are coming off an impressive 2016-17 season and are now in the midst of a crucial offseason. Although Rubio is a solid guard, he's limited offensively, and he only contributed to Minnesota's spacing problems.

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