A person with knowledge of one of those moves says Minnesota has agreed to terms with point guard Jeff Teague on a three-year, $57 million package that include a player option for the third season.
Rubio averaged 11.1 points. Rubio is also an 83 percent free-throw shooter for his career.
And with that, Rubio is off to Utah. An All-Star three seasons ago, he's a professional PG who can create offense and score if given space.
To help depress those who lost in the deal even more and make those who won feel even better about themselves, here are five winners and losers from the Rubio deal to the Jazz.
In an ideal world, the Wolves would come away with Kyle Lowry or Paul Millsap, with Andre Iguodala getting the mid-level exception.
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He is a one-time All-Star, an honour which he earned in 2014-15. He shot 40 percent from the field this past season, and 30 percent from 3-point range.
The performance was validating for a player who had been criticized during most of his National Basketball Association career for his poor shooting, and for an owner who had backed him through all the injuries, all the shooting struggles and through the heartbreaking death of his mother during the 2015-16 season.
It sounds like Minnesota is still active in free agency but as of now, that leaves the Wolves with a Teague, Butler, Wiggins, Gorgui Dieng and Karl-Anthony Towns starting lineup.
Teague is a great point guard to add to that group for a number of reasons. As the rumors heated up in February with talks with the Knicks centered on a Rubio-for-Rose swap, the Spaniard thought his time in Minnesota was coming to an end. Rubio wanted a conversation with Thibodeau to seek clarity on the issue, and perhaps receive a vote of confidence, but that never occurred. With Hill (16.9 PPG, 4.2 APG) now set to hit free agency in search of a big raise after a strong but injury-plagued season, the Jazz have taken a proactive step to acquire a proven starting-quality point guard rather than handing over the keys to Exum or their other incumbent backups.
After six straight years of losing, he joins a top-flight franchise on the rise.
We're not sure this will be enough to entice Gordon Hayward to stay in Utah, but the team had to make a splash, and they believe they have done that. It would appear that the ceiling is high for this Minnesota team with a combination of experienced vets and younger talents.