Jeff Teague Is In Line To Replace Ricky Rubio In Minnesota

The Wolves biggest need is shooting, and if Ricky Rubio is not traded (seeming unlikely as the Wolves are seeking better shooting at the position according to former ESPN insider Marc Stein), they will really only have one potential starting spot available at the power forward position. Towns remains a clear-cut top-three pick - and with Paul George now in Oklahoma City, there's an argument to be made for him at No. 1 overall - whereas Butler is someone to target toward the beginning of the second round.

The Jazz are looking to bolster the roster with hopes of convincing All-Star free agent Gordon Hayward to return and build off last season's playoff run.

He shot a solid 36 percent from three-point range last season, but doesn't exactly fill the defensive shoes that Rubio will leave behind in Minnesota. But Rubio still wasn't part of Minnesota's future, even after his best season of his six in the league, averaging career highs of 11.1 points and 9.1 assists.

The Jazz landed a new point guard in Ricky Rubio on Friday. Rubio was set to make $14.2 million next season. He'll still be a complementary offensive threat, but with all of the shooters surrounding him on the Jazz, Rubio could flirt with upward of 10 assists per game to go with 10-12 points and two steals.

Maybe Rubio, a pass-first point guard, is an attractive get for Hayward.

The two sides agreed to the move hours before free agency opened.

The one player that on the court has held back the T-Wolves the most over the last five years is finally someone else's problem.

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. Rubio should be at his peak level of performance the next couple of seasons while the alternative options gently decline. 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. Jeff Teague and Kyle Lowry are two of the best point guards on the market, but we can't rule out Tom Thibodeau going after Derrick Rose or Rajon Rondo.

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

A career 31.5 percent three-point shooter, opponents have never had to respect his game from outside, which has hamstrung his effectiveness operating from the perimeter.


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