Published: Sun, July 02, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Timberwolves Trade Ricky Rubio To Utah Jazz

Timberwolves Trade Ricky Rubio To Utah Jazz

On Friday, it was reported that the Minnesota Timberwolves had traded away their point guard #Ricky Rubio, to the Utah Jazz. New Orleans is looking to make the superstar duo work between the two All-Stars after acquiring Cousins late last season. Rubio is a pesky on-ball defender, leading the league in steal rate three times in his career and putting up 1.7 swipes per game previous year. (Assuming the Wolves manage any signings during free agency; if not, we welcome you, Point Jimmy.) There is a plethora of possible replacements, most appealing being Hill. While Rubio does address the Jazz PG situation for the time being, the organization still needs to make additional moves to retain its core roster - like, say, signing someone like Kyle Korver, Arron Afflalo, or Thabo Sefalosha. Gobert already looked like a borderline first-round pick back in April - after all, he finished this season as the 19th-ranked player on a per-game basis in nine-category leagues despite a slow start - and Rubio's arrival only further cements that. "Ricky is awesome, and underrated as hell". With Rubio coming in, it's clear that Hill will be playing in a different uniform next season.

Rubio was a talented player that didn't fit with the Wolves' personnel due to his lack of perimeter shooting and they had to trade him. "So we have feelings". That doesn't put Teague in the same stratosphere as the likes of Stephen Curry, but opponents can't sag off screens as much with Teague as they could with Rubio.

"It seems like a game, right?" he said in February. The yearly salary is unknown at this point, but according to Chad Hartman, the deal will be two years long.

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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.

A big player acquisition also came in Minnesota with the Timberwolves fleecing of the Chicago Bulls for National Basketball Association star wing Jimmy Butler and the 16th pick for Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine and the 7th pick in the draft.

Rubio, Butler and Andrew Wiggins can all hit the three, but none is a sharpshooter. Furthermore, he should help Minnesota improve on their mediocre chip of 34.9 percent from beyond the arc. The extra first-round pick (lottery-protected through 2020, converting into a pair of second-round picks if not conveyed by then) gets Minnesota back to pick-neutral; the team's own 2018 first-round pick belongs to the Atlanta Hawks (with lottery protection) from the ill-fated Adreian Payne trade.

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