Wolves Trade Rubio To Jazz For First-Round Pick

4:22pm: The Jazz are able to absorb Rubio’s $13.6MM contract today, but only today. As of tomorrow, the official start of the 2017/18 campaign, a Rudy Gobert raise coupled with some cap holds would push Utah’s payroll higher.

4:16pm: Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press has tweeted that the deal is done and awaiting league approval. The 2018 first-rounder from OKC will be Top-14 protected, ESPN’s Marc Stein says.

4:05pm: Jody Genessey of the Deseret News has relayed a report from Zone Sports Networks’ Spencer Checketts that Utah will send Oklahoma City’s first-round pick to Minnesota in exchange for Rubio.

4:00pm: Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune tweets that the Rubio trade “is happening”, noting that the deal is close to being done. It hasn’t, however, been formally confirmed yet.

3:45pm: The Jazz and Timberwolves are actively discussing a deal in which Ricky Rubio would head to Utah, Shams Charania of The Vertical tweets.

It’s unclear what would be heading back to Minnesota in the exchange but the news that Rubio could be on the move isn’t exactly groundbreaking. Despite the fact that the Timberwolves have already traded away two point guards this month, Rubio’s name has been a mainstay in trade rumors since the Wolves drafted Kris Dunn last June.

Much can and has been inferred from the news of these ongoing Rubio negotiations. Zach Lowe of ESPN tweets that this could mean George Hill will be unlikely to return to Utah. If nothing else, he adds, it will give the team leverage in contract negotiations with the 31-year-old.

The deal also lends credence to a theory that the Timberwolves could be serious contenders to pursue Kyle Lowry. Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post echoed the sentiments of The Athletic’s Eric Koreen suggesting as much shortly after the negotiations were made public.

In a separate tweet, Eric Koreen says that, Minnesota unloading Rubio, coupled with revoking the Shabazz Muhammads qualifying offer would free up about $32MM for the organization.

 

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26 thoughts on “Wolves Trade Rubio To Jazz For First-Round Pick

  1. Sutter

    I know it’s a pipe dream but I’d really like to see Rubio +some stuff for Favors

  2. Corleone

    Oh my god Rubio is fix to jazz only for a 2018 first round pick helll noooo

    • H.Henderson

      Agreed. Rubio has been linked to supposed trades for years. I actually think that Rubio has been linked to every team over the past few years. That is crazy.

  3. myaccount

    On one hand, I’m happy for Rubio– he doesn’t have to deal with constant trade rumors anymore. On the other hand, I’m pretty upset. He’s coming off arguably the best season of his career, meshing with the team’s top talent, and we traded away our only other viable PG options. The D. Rose rumors worry me. There’s no way the Timberwolves can rely on him to give consistent minutes while clearly in win-now mode.

    • My exact thoughts. Happy he doesn’t have to deal with the bull anymore. Also, he didn’t fit with the wolves anymore after trading Zachary and getting jimmy. I hope the wolves get Teague at a reasonable price. I don’t want to give 32 year old Lowry a max contract.

  4. KCelts

    That’s reeeeeally risky. Not sure if he’s an upgrade over George Hill.

  5. Philly Fan

    T-Wolves should flip the pick to the Clippers for Beverley if they can’t sign Lowry and then just run Jimmy as the primary ball handler

  6. Sutter

    T Wolves just wanted Rubio’s contract off the books so they can make a run at a FA PG. They’ve been linked to Lowry, Holliday, Hill, Teague. I think Rose would be there fall back option if they can’t sign 1 of the big names

  7. mcase7187

    How bad does this hurt them in resigning Hayward if at all just asking

    Because I read something earlier that said he would really like the to resign Hill

  8. formerlyz

    I don’t see the fit for Utah at all. I also think Hayward leaves now. Rubio can’t shoot. He needs to be around shooters. I’m surprised they got the 1st rounder back, even though it was lottery protected. Just a weird move from Utah’s perspective in several ways

  9. ClancyJ

    Terrible trade. Rubio was worth more than they got back. I hope when the Jazz come to town he has 30 assists.

  10. Ezra77

    WHY they don’t need another scorer and Rubio would have been able to run that offense perfectly

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