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Zach Lowe highlights the most important things to watch as the NBA spins out of control even before free agency begins.
The market opens on Saturday, and NBA free-agency and trade news is coming in fast. Stay up to date with the latest rumors and rumblings across the Association.
Kevin Pelton ranks the top 30 in a loaded free-agent class, which includes multiple All-Stars hitting the market.
The Salt Lake Tribune was the first to report Friday that the deal was close.
ESPN has been reporting all week that the Jazz have been trying to acquire Rubio before Friday’s midnight expiration of the cap space.
Rubio, 26, averaged 16.0 points and 10.5 assists per game after the All-Star break this past season.
He holds career averages of 10.3 points on 37.5 percent shooting and 9.1 assists but has played just 70 or more games three times in his six NBA seasons due to injuries.
Rubio has two years left on his contract. He’s owed $14.25 million in 2017-18 and $14.95 million in 2018-19.
The Wolves ended the 2016-17 season with three point guards on the roster. They have now traded two of them (Rubio and Kris Dunn), leaving Tyus Jones as the only player at the position currently on the roster.
But the 2017 free agent class at point guard is loaded, with Kyle Lowry, George Hill, Jeff Teague, Patty Mills and Derrick Rose among the big names expected to be available once free agency begins at 12:01 a.m. ET Saturday.
Information from ESPN’s Tim MacMahon was used in this report.
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