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

Jeff Teague
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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.