PG Ricky Rubio acquired by Jazz for 2018 stable first-rounder

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The Utah Jazz acquired Minnesota Timberwolves indicate ensure Ricky Rubio on Friday for a ‎2018 first-round collect around a Oklahoma City Thunder.

The collect is top-14 protected.

The Jazz indispensable to make a understanding before midnight Saturday or would have mislaid a $16 million of failing salary-cap space required to lift it off.

Minnesota, meanwhile, privileged income top space for a large run in giveaway group after already alighting All-Star Jimmy Butler in a apart trade progressing this month.

“We’d like to conclude Ricky for his time in Minnesota over a march of a final six-plus years,” Timberwolves manager Tom Thibodeau said. “Ricky has been a unqualified veteran over my time in Minnesota and has finished extensive things in a community. We conclude all he’s finished for a classification and wish him a best of fitness in Utah.”

Rubio, 26, averaged 16.0 points and 10.5 assists per diversion after a All-Star mangle this past season.

He binds career averages of 10.3 points and 9.1 assists yet has played 70 or some-more games usually 3 times in his 6 NBA seasons since of injuries. His career sharpened commission is .375.

Rubio has dual years left on his contract. He’s due $14.25 million in 2017-18 and $14.95 million in 2018-19.

The Wolves finished a 2016-17 deteriorate with 3 indicate guards on a roster. They have now traded dual of them (Rubio and Kris Dunn), withdrawal Tyus Jones as a usually actor during that position on a roster.

But a 2017 free-agent category during indicate ensure is loaded, with Kyle Lowry, George Hill, Jeff Teague, Patty Mills and Derrick Rose among a large names approaching to be accessible once giveaway group starts during 12:01 a.m. ET Saturday.

The Knicks had seductiveness in trade for Ricky Rubio yet were not peaceful to partial with a first-round collect to obtain a guard, per sources. Minnesota, according to reports, traded Rubio to Utah for a stable first-round pick. GM Steve Mills appears to be following Phil Jackson’s order of valuing first-round picks, that seems correct for a group that appears to be in a midst of a rebuild. On a indicate ensure front, some in a classification like George Hill and Jeff Teague yet a Knicks would need to transparent top space to make rival offers to possibly guard.

Ian Begley, ESPN Staff Writer

Hill had been with a Jazz, yet Rubio’s attainment means he will land elsewhere in giveaway group after personification a pivotal purpose in Utah finale a four-year playoff drought notwithstanding a accumulation of injuries that singular him to 49 games.

Hill, whose sprained large toe worried him for many of a deteriorate and eventually caused him to lay out Utah’s final dual playoff games, averaged a career-high 16.9 points and 4.1 assists while sharpened 47.7 percent from a building and 40.3 percent from 3-point range.

Utah acquired Hill from his hometown Indiana Pacers by traffic a No. 12 altogether collect in a 2016 breeze in a three-team trade with a Atlanta Hawks, stuffing a Jazz’s vivid need for a starting indicate guard. The Jazz were 33-16 when Hill played during a unchanging deteriorate and 18-15 when he was sidelined.

The Jazz had seductiveness in signing a 31-year-old Hill to an prolongation during a season, yet he opted to wait to exam a open market, assured that he would authority a significantly incomparable understanding than what Utah offered.

Rubio, meanwhile, joins a Jazz group that could remove Gordon Hayward in giveaway group yet does have one of a best immature centers in a NBA in Rudy Gobert.

Rubio and Gobert do have a history.

They were on conflicting sides of a Spain-France adversary in Eurobasket during a summer of 2015. Spain degraded France 80-75 in a Sep 2015 semifinal, and Rubio took difference to Gobert’s open restlessness with a officiating after fouling out in overtime.

Gobert, though, indicated Friday that that is all in a past.

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