Rubio spent six seasons in Minnesota, delighting Wolves fans with flashy passing and an approachable nature while also suffering through losing season after losing season (see full story). In an attempt to appease Gordon Hayward ahead of free agency, Utah made a move for a staring lead guard. It's not a ideal fit - Kyle Lowry or George Hill would be unbelievable on this team.
The deal means Minnesota can clear as much as $32 million in cap space to make a run at several free agents to pair with Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and the recently acquired Jimmy Butler. Opponents regularly help off Rubio, which clogs an offense's spacing, and Utah's offense thrives on the ability to space the floor.
Henderson recorded career averages of 11.2 points and 3.2 rebounds with Philadelphia, Portland and Charlotte since being selected with the 12th overall pick of the 2009 draft.
Minnesota desperately needs shooters to complete the team they are now assembling.
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Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype said NY "considered" trading Courtney Lee to open up cap space to pursue "significant" point guards in free agency, but Teague apparently won't be on the list. Hill will become an unrestricted free agent tonight, and this trade signifies the Jazz are moving on.
Rubio also plays solid defense, which is probably what attracted the defensive minded Jazz. There is some concern that Teague, given his relatively small stature, will not age overly well but some of that risk is mitigated by a three-year pact instead of a maximum four-year deal. Rubio was set to make $14.2 million next season.
Simply put, he's more proven than any of Utah's non-Hill options and he's under contract at average starter money ($14.3 million next season and $14.8 million in 2018-19). He also shot a career-best 40.2 percent from the field and had a PER of 16.87.
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. As the rumors heated up in February with talks with the Knicks centered on a Rubio-for-Rose swap, the Spaniard thought his time in Minnesota was coming to an end.