Rubio was traded to the Jazz on Friday in exchange for a 2018 first-round pick, Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
The Timberwolves have been not-so-quietly shopping Rubio for quite some time, and Friday's deal essentially functions as a salary dump, with Minnesota looking to clear cap space before the start of free agency Saturday morning. The 2018 pick involved in the deal is reportedly that of the Thunder, who sent it to Utah in a 2015 trade. If the protections on the pick are unchanged, it will be lottery-protected in 2018. In Rubio, the Jazz get insurance should they lose George Hill, and they'll have the Spaniard under contract for two more seasons at a very reasonable rate of $28.9 million overall. If Hill does, indeed, walk as a free agent, Rubio would likely step into a role similar to what he held in Minnesota, though his adjustment to a new environment must be factored in when considering his fantasy value. Last season, Rubio started 75 games and posted averages of 11.1 points, 9.1 assists and 4.1 rebounds while shooting 40.2 percent from the field and 30.6 percent from three.
Rubio won't start Wednesday's game against the Rockets.
Rubio was fully expected to draw the start as usual, but coach Tom Thibodeau opted to make a late change. With the playoffs out of reach, he's likely trying to get a better look at his younger point guard, which means Kris Dunn is going to enter the starting five. It's unclear if Rubio is going to be held out entirely or see limited minutes off the bench, but it'll be a situation to avoid for Wednesday's DFS slate.
Rubio finished with 14 points (4-13 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 5-5 FT), 10 assists, four rebounds and one steal in 36 minutes during Tuesday's 100-98 loss to the Thunder.
Rubio was erratic from the field for the second game in a row, but thanks to his work at the charity stripe, he was able to reach double figures in the scoring column for the 10th time in 11 games after being held to two points in Sunday's loss to the Lakers. The point guard is also averaging 10.2 dimes during that 11-game stretch, making him a double-double threat just about every night. He'll have a good shot at reaching that benchmark again Wednesday against Houston, as the playoff-bound Rockets figure to rest or limit several key players.
Rubio provided two points (1-10 FG, 0-2 3Pt), 11 assists, three rebounds and three steals over 33 minutes in Sunday's 110-109 loss to the Lakers.
Rubio couldn't find the net in a matchup in which he'd previously thrived this season, turning in his second 10-percent shooting effort in six April contests. Rubio salvaged the outing with his sixth game with double-digit assists over the last eight, but his scoring total was his lowest since he went scoreless on Jan. 19. Given the overall improvement he's demonstrated this season, Rubio's unsightly shooting night is likely an outlier that he'll look to bounce back from in the last two games of the season.
Rubio posted 26 points (7-14 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 11-11 FT) with 12 assists and three rebounds in Friday's 120-113 loss against the Jazz.
Rubio is averaging 16.4 points, 10.2 assists and 5.6 rebounds per game in five contests in April. The Spaniard's scoring production has increased gradually as the season has progressed, but his biggest fantasy contributions continue to come in the assists category.
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