Ricky Rubio says goodbye to Minnesota

Ricky Rubio says goodbye to Minnesota

Ricky Rubio says goodbye to Minnesota

In the deal, the Timberwolves get a first-round draft pick originally from the Oklahoma City Thunder in next year's NBA Draft in exchange for Rubio.

"Ultimately we won't really know how to evaluate this trade until we find out which point guard the Timberwolves choose to replace Rubio", wrote ESPN's Kevin Pelton, who gave the Wolves a "B-minus" for the trade, "and how much that costs them". The pick will be Top-14 protected for the next three drafts.

However, before Paul George and other free agents dominate the headlines, a massive trade between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Utah Jazz is about to go down.

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.

The Minnesota Timberwolves and Utah Jazz are finalizing a trade involving Ricky Rubio, according to reports. Currently, without G-Time and Ingles on the roster, Utah is on the books for roughly $78 million next season. With that many scoring threats on the court at one time, Teague's offensive output may decline slightly, but he should more than make up for it with increased shooting efficiency and potentially a career-high number of assists. However, Jody Genessy of the Deseret News has indicated that Hayward views Rubio as a solid pick-up for the Jazz. Minnesota could be moving toward an offense that has its point guard play off-ball so this could be a very good fit for him.

The downside is whomever the Timberwolves sign in free agency - and conjecture has quickly linked them with Teague - will be older (unless Holiday somehow ends up in Minnesota) and far more expensive.

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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.

In the event Hayward leaves, head coach Quin Snyder will probably want to shift toward more of a point guard-centric attack.

The NBA's free-agent signing period has just begun, but there were a few maneuvers made before players could receive new contracts.

Rubio is slated to make 14.25 million dollars next season.

The Wolves are now set to sign a upgrade at point guard and move forward into a winning age of Minnesota basketball. Throughout the years, many of them described their love for playing with Rubio. He is a career 37.5 percent shooter from the field, and has made just 31.1 percent of his three-point shots.

The future is bright in Minnesota, and if cards fall the right way, this offseason and the following year could be a monumental in Minnesota Timberwolves history.

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