The Utah Jazz have made a deal for veteran point guard Ricky Rubio, the team announced Friday.
Jazz point guard George Hill is an unrestricted free agent this summer.
The Jazz have been cycling and cycling in search of a long-term answer at point guard, and this move only continues that process rather than resolving it. Two NBA drafts ago, it seemed the now-26-year-old Spaniard's fate was sealed when the Wolves selected point guard Kris Dunn. 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.
ESPN's Real Plus-Minus metric grades Rubio out as the NBA's ninth-best point guard, although Hill did place three spots ahead of him.
As Gordon Hayward waits to begin his free-agent tour with a Saturday meeting with the Heat, the rest of the National Basketball Association is making moves. The team will be starting Jimmy Butler, Andrew Wiggins, and Karl-Anthony Towns next year. The 2018 pick involved in the deal is reportedly that of the Thunder, who sent it to Utah in a 2015 trade.
Of course, the greater implication of this trade will come in how it affects free agent superstar Gordon Hayward. Teague and Lowry, though, should be the first two on the list and it's been reported that Jimmy Butler has already started recruiting Lowry to Minnesota. That's enough to fit Hayward's projected $29.7 million max salary for the 2017-18 season under the cap.
Hours before other teams could officially start trying to woo him away from the Los Angeles Clippers, Griffin agreed to terms on a five-year deal worth approximately $175 million to remain with the Los Angeles Clippers, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.
The Utah Jazz are coming off an impressive 2016-17 season and are now in the midst of a crucial offseason. All represent upgrades relative to Rubio and all project to be meaningfully more expensive, suggesting that the Timberwolves are pursuing their first playoff trip since 2004 with guns blazing and cash flying. Teague will make roughly $19 million a year over the three years. 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.