It didn't take the Minnesota Timberwolves long to find a replacement for Ricky Rubio. Jeff Teague looks like the favorite to land in Minnesota as the team's starting point guard next season. The Spanish player averaged just 11.1 PPG last season compared to Hill's 16.9, but with 9.1 assists per game he brings solid playmaking ability to the table. Except Dunn was dealt first, to Chicago, after an underwhelming rookie season as part of the draft-night acquisition of Jimmy Butler.
Now, Ricky Rubio is the latest player on the move, as he is now headed to Utah.
As of this report, Vegas Insider lists the Minnesota Timberwolves as 40 to 1 on the future odds to win the NBA Championship next year, which ranks them at sixth overall behind teams including the Rockets, Spurs, Cavs, and reigning NBA Champion Warriors. Teague often struggles to keep up with the best point guards, and this is a problem for the Timberwolves as they already have a below average defender in Andrew Wiggins. But Minnesota probably felt or heard they had little shot at either of those two, and so they are prepared to quickly move on Teague as soon as free agency begins. Hill will become an unrestricted free agent tonight, and this trade signifies the Jazz are moving on. The 26-year-old Spaniard has spent his entire six-year NBA career in Minnesota after the Timberwolves selected him with the fifth pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.
Tony Snell has agreed on a four-year deal that could be worth up to $46 million to stay with the Bucks, according to a person familiar with the deal. Rubio should be at his peak level of performance the next couple of seasons while the alternative options gently decline.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal can not be signed until July 6. With Rubio coming in, it's clear that Hill will be playing in a different uniform next season. All represent upgrades relative to Rubio and all project to be meaningfully more expensive, suggesting that the Timberwolves are pursuing their first playoff trip since 2004 with guns blazing and cash flying. So if Rubio were dealt for picks, his $14.275 million dollar contract would be off the table and combined with the $19 million dollars of cap space, the Wolves would end up with just enough to sign Lowry without going over the cap.