Published: Sun, July 02, 2017
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Utah Jazz to trade for Ricky Rubio

Utah Jazz to trade for Ricky Rubio

The Bulls have waived point guard Rajon Rondo, who averaged 7.8 points and 6.7 assists in his lone season with the team.

Rubio has been a part of trade talks dating back to previous year when Minnesota drafted Kris Dunn, who was recently shipped out to Chicago in the Jimmy Butler deal.

The addition of a first round pick from Utah could also allow the Wolves to unload additional salary such as Cole Aldrich.

As compared to the group of comparable point guards, Rubio has the advantage of being younger. Hill will become an unrestricted free agent tonight, and this trade signifies the Jazz are moving on. 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.

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.

It's debatable whether Teague is actually even a better point guard than Rubio overall, but in this circumstance, the Timberwolves clearly prefer the one who can shoot a little bit better.

Second, in a wing dominated National Basketball Association, they must grab capable three and d shooting guards and small forwards to backup Wiggins and Butler.

Now comes the point of saying who could fulfill these needs.

The Knicks reportedly still tried for Ricky Rubio in a deal with the Timberwolves, but because the Knicks didn't want to give up a first round pick, a deal was never reached and Minnesota looked elsewhere to make a deal. Now Minnesota has a chance to pick up a point guard who can consistently space the floor as a threat from deep.

The NBA's free-agent signing period has just begun, but there were a few maneuvers made before players could receive new contracts. Kyle Lowry is eligible for a four year $120 million deal worth $30 million per year.

Rubio is set to make $28.9 million over the next two seasons, and is coming off a solid 2016-17 campaign. That's enough to fit Hayward's projected $29.7 million max salary for the 2017-18 season under the cap. He is a career 37.5 percent shooter from the field, and has made just 31.1 percent of his three-point shots. A last wing they could go after could be 24-year old Ben McLemore. He'll still be a strong mid-round pick, but somewhere in the 60s seems more appropriate now.

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