Utah Jazz: Trading for Ricky Rubio a brilliant move by Dennis Lindsey

Report: Timberwolves sign point guard Teague

Report: Timberwolves sign point guard Teague

Whereas Rubio hit just 30.6 percent of his 196 3-point tries last season, Teague hit 35.7 percent of his 252 long-range attempts in 2016-17 and 40.0 percent of 275 the year before.

Rubio has been on the trading block for months and he'll return to it immediately again if the Jazz re-sign Hill.

Rubio averaged 11.1 points. 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.

Teague, who spent last season in IN, has averaged 15-plus points a game each of the past four seasons and is a career 35-percent three-point shooter.

"At 6'4", he's also long and skilled enough to execute Utah's defensive strategies.

Rubio has two years left on his contract.

At 6-foot-4, Rubio is one of the best defensive point guards in the National Basketball Association.

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Nonetheless, the Wolves have added two strong starters in the last week to their team, and they're on the hunt for more.

On the negative side though, Rubio's weaknesses have been well-documented for years now. 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.

His shot has improved recently, if not from behind the arc then from midrange, where he set career highs previous year in the 10-16 and 16-20 foot ranges. When penetrating, he'll exhaust all opportunities to create for a teammates before he puts up a shot of his own. Opponents regularly help off Rubio, which clogs an offense's spacing, and Utah's offense thrives on the ability to space the floor. Surround Rubio with shooting and the equation is entirely different, such as letting him replace John Wall on the Wizards where he can operate with Bradley Beal and Otto Porter on the wings. Joe Ingles is a restricted free agent, while Shelvin Mack is an unrestricted free agent. Offensively, Rubio is one of the best passers in the league.

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.

Of course, Hill is very good friends with Jazz star Gordon Hayward.

Rubio came to Minnesota something as an unknown, having come over from Spain where had been playing in high-quality games since he was 14.

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.

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