Timberwolves Trade Ricky Rubio to Jazz, Sign Jeff Teague to $57M Deal

By Staff  |  06/30/2017

Jeff Teague

The Minnesota Timberwolves are shaking things up at the point guard position.

The team shipped Ricky Rubio to the Utah Jazz on Friday (June 30) in exchange for a top-14 protected first-round pick for 2018 (via the Oklahoma City Thunder).

The T-Wolves made the move or would have lost the $16 million of expiring salary-cap space necessary to pull it off. They also cleared space in hopes of making a run in free agency after landing Jimmy Butler in a trade with the Chicago Bulls.

In six NBA seasons, 26-year-old Rubio has averaged 10.3 points and 9.1 assists... but has only played 70 or more games just three times.

To fill the void that Rubio left, they made a move just hours later, when they signed Jeff Teague to a three-year, $57 million deal, which includes a play option for the third year.

The 29-year-old Teague averaged 15.3 points and 7.8 assists in 82 games last season for the Indiana Pacers, his first season there after seven seasons with the Atlanta Hawks.