Rubio's arrival likely means the end of George's Hills run in Utah.
The New York Knicks will reportedly not be pursuing point guard Jeff Teague anymore. Last season, he averaged 11.1 points and 9.1 assists per game for the T-Wolves.
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. Now Minnesota has a chance to pick up a point guard who can consistently space the floor as a threat from deep. It's possible: With Butler on the squad, Minnesota has transformed from an exciting young team to one with actual playoff promise.
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But, in today's National Basketball Association - where many coaches and front offices consider shooting and spacing to be paramount - the question of whether an offense could succeed without a point guard who shoots effectively was often raised.
The 26-year-old Rubio, who was a former first-round pick of the Timberwolves back in the 2009 NBA Draft, has spent his entire career in Minnesota, which didn't begin until the 2011-2012 season. According to Sam Amick of USA Today, Teague is a heavy favorite to sign with Minnesota once the free agency period hits.
In total the Wolves have nine players (including the eventual signing of Patton) under contract, with three unrestricted free agents: Omri Casspi, Adreian Payne, and Brandon Rush, and one restricted free agent, Shabazz Muhammad. He signed a two-year deal to come to Chicago last summer. Utah's getting a good player, but their team can look much different at the start of the 2017-18 season, and I'm not too confident in their success if Rudy Gobert is their leading returning scorer at 14.0 points a night.
The Jazz can offer a five-year deal worth upwards of $180 million, while the most Boston and Miami could offer is four years at $133 million. Rubio's contract, an additional two years at around $14.5 million per, fits perfectly into that void. These are pretty solid numbers - the problem is he shot just 40.2 percent from the field and 30.6 percent from beyond the arc.
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.