Drafted by Minnesota with the No. 5 pick in 2009, Rubio spent the first six years of his career with the Wolves, averaging 10.3 points and 8.5 assists. No matter what you think of Rubio's skills, the acquisition has bad implications for what Utah fans really want: keeping star wing Gordon Hayward in free agency.
Teague is fresh off a season in which he averaged 15.3 points on 44.2 percent shooting, 7.8 assists, 4.0 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.1 3-pointers in 32.4 minutes per night to finish as the 44th-ranked player on a per-game basis in nine-category leagues. That, along with the trade in which they acquired Jimmy Butler from the Chicago Bulls for a package including Kris Dunn, freed up the point guard spot for Teague if he signs with the Wolves. However, Jody Genessy of the Deseret News has indicated that Hayward views Rubio as a solid pick-up for the Jazz. Seeing as Butler and Wiggins likewise aren't knockdown shooters from deep, the Wolves chose to swap Rubio out for a point guard who could provide slightly more spacing.
The Wolves now have their "Big Three" in Butler, Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, but where do they go from here? It also enables the Jazz to better navigate the free agent market as they work to upgrade their roster.
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.
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For starters, even as I say the winners of this deal can span outside of the two teams involved, an obvious victor in this Rubio deal is the Minnesota Timberwolves. A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press the deal includes a player option for the third year.
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.
In his lone season with the Jazz, Hill was a revelation. Offensively, Rubio is one of the best passers in the league.
Rubio came to Minnesota something as an unknown, having come over from Spain where had been playing in high-quality games since he was 14.
Well, that and his $14 million per year salary, which obviously comes in significantly lower than the money Hill is seeking - expected to be in the neighborhood of $25-plus million per season. Cap space is an asset, and the Timberwolves wouldn't have had that cap space without dealing Rubio.