Timberwolves sign point guard Teague

Posted July 02, 2017

The Warriors defeated the Timberwolves 121-107.

This time, the deal sent former Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio to Utah in exchange for the 2018 first round pick owed to the Jazz by the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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. Given Rubio's shooting struggles - he's a career 37.5 shooter overall and 31.5 percent from deep - opponents tend to sag off him and dare him to shoot, but that becomes a less feasible strategy with the likes of Rodney Hood, Alec Burks and perhaps Hayward and/or Ingles surrounding him.

Starting with the Point Guard position. Rubio hasn't had an offense capable of maximizing his strengths as much as Quin Snyder's system can. He will remain a tradeable player on a contract that's about league average for a starter depending on what happens with Hill and Dante Exum.

Like most moves the Jazz have made recently, the trade for Ricky Rubio has its plusses and minuses, but it will ultimately be viewed in the context of what decision Hayward makes.

When Hill rejected Utah's renegotiate and extend offer in February, the signal was clear that re-signing him would be hard.

Teague is coming off a four-year, $32 million deal he signed with the Hawks prior to the start of the 2013-14 season.

Re-signing Hill has reportedly been a key element of also re-signing Gordon Hayward.

Last week, Timberwolves general manager Scott Layden told Paul Allen on KFXN-FM he thought Rubio was "just going to grow on that second half, and just keep going and just have a great career here". This is a creative use of cap space and excess draft picks to give the team insurance.

Point guard Jeff Teague agreed to a three-year, $57 million deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to multiple reports.

Teague isn't as strong a defender as Rubio, who was 11th among point guards in defensive real plus/minus last season, while Teague was 24th.

The roster already has rising stars Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns as well.

The Wolves are sending Ricky Rubio to Utah for a first-round pick, according to Marc Stein.

We'll get into other implications regarding the Jazz's personnel shortly, but the immediate takeaway from the deal should be the recognition of the end of George Hill's time in a Jazz uniform.

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.

"You kind of take it for granted how good he is until you watch him play, then you're like, 'Damn, ' " Beasley said.

Rubio figures to have a bigger role with the Jazz for at least a fringe playoff contender and that should help his free agent value for 2019.