Utah Jazz to trade for Ricky Rubio

The Wolves traded Rubio earlier in the day in exchange for a lottery-protected 2018 first-round draft pick from the Utah Jazz.

Another source confirms that Gordon Hayward really wants the Utah Jazz to bring back George Hill. It's a potentially risky decision, as Teague isn't almost as strong of a defender as Rubio, but the spacing concerns a Rubio-Butler-Andrew Wiggins backcourt presented sent Minnesota in a different direction.

Rubio, 26, averaged 11.1 points and 4.1 rebounds per contest last season.

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.

Rubio had probably his best season as a pro in 2016-2017. Then on the player's side, Los Angeles Clipper star point guard Chris Paul opted into his contract with the Clippers and was then traded to the Houston Rockets to pair with MVP runner-up James Harden.

Maybe Rubio, a pass-first point guard, is an attractive get for Hayward.

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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.

It seems as though Rubio has been in the National Basketball Association for a very long time, but the truth is he made his National Basketball Association debut in December of 2011. Hill, who is a close friend of Hayward's, has interest from multiple teams on the open market.

The Minnesota Timberwolves were coming into free agency with a decent amount of cap room and some movable pieces, which made them an intriguing team to write about. It's not a flawless fit - Kyle Lowry or George Hill would be incredible on this team.

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.

As of this report, Vegas Insider lists the Minnesota Timberwolves as 40 to 1 on the future odds to win the NBA Championship next year, which ranks them at sixth overall behind teams including the Rockets, Spurs, Cavs, and reigning NBA Champion Warriors. Over the last 2 1/2 months of the season, he averaged 15.0 points and 10.3 assists while shooting 41.7 percent from the field and 37 percent from 3-point range, helping to take some of the scoring load after Zach LaVine went down with his own torn ACL.

Rubio is also affordably signed for two more seasons at $14.25 million and $14.95 million.

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