Report: Jazz to acquire Ricky Rubio from the Wolves

Timberwolves trade for Ricky Rubio
Caption: Apr 4, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio (9) reacts after a call against the Golden State Warriors during the third quarter at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Timberwolves 121-107. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports

The Utah Jazz are reportedly landing a new point guard. Shams Charania of The Vertical first reported that Utah was in talks to acquire Ricky Rubio from the Minnesota Timberwolves. Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune later reported that the deal was “happening.”

ESPN’s Marc Stein confirms that a trade is in the works. Reportedly, Minnesota will acquire a first-round pick from Utah in the 2018 NBA Draft in exchange for Rubio.

Rubio getting traded is no surprise. Following the NBA season, it was reported that the Timberwolves and point Rubio were ready to part ways.

Utah certainly makes sense as a destination. The Jazz were a good team in 2017, but are clearly a level below the best teams in the Western Conference. Additionally, Zach Lowe of ESPN noted that the acquisition of Rubio would help Utah in its quest to keep Gordon Hayward.

Rubio averaged 11.1 points and 9.1 assists for Minnesota during the 2016-17 season.

For Minnesota, this could potentially mean that the team is honing in on an upgrade at the point. Derrick Rose had previously been bandied about as a possibility. Meanwhile, the newly acquired Jimmy Butler is already recruiting fellow All-Star Kyle Lowry to the twin cities.