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Ricky Rubio has always had his strengths and weaknesses since entering the NBA. He has excellent vision, passing ability and basketball IQ. He also lacks the ability to be a consistent shooter, specifically from beyond the arc.
In a recent interview, Rubio revealed the Utah Jazz have told him that he would not be one of their priorities this offseason, which could mean Rubio might be looking for a new team this summer.
With that in mind, here are four teams that could sign Rubio this offseason.
4. Chicago Bulls
It's no secret the Bulls are in the market for a new starting point guard and Rubio could be a great fit for them at a lower price than other premier free agents at the position. Rubio has a ton of experience since he came into the league at such a young age, but he's still only 28 years old. He remains youthful enough to carry the young Bulls to the next level, but also has enough time in the league to be an experienced veteran, two things this Bulls team could be looking for this summer.
3. Indiana Pacers
The Pacers were rolling last season before their star shooting guard Victor Oladipo went down with a season-ending injury and it was clear they missed him in the playoffs. With just over $45 million in projected cap space this summer, the Pacers could use a portion of that on a new starting point guard. Rubio would be a great fit for a team with plenty of talent to distribute the ball to. Rubio has played in a small market for the entirety of his career and there are few markets with more passion for basketball than Indiana.
2. Phoenix Suns
Phoenix has needed a point guard ever since they traded Eric Bledsoe to the Bucks in 2017. If they don't get the guard they want with the No. 6 pick in the NBA Draft this June, a player like Rubio could be a great consolation prize. Littered with young talent at every position other than point guard, Rubio could ultimately be the glue that brings the Suns together and gets Phoenix back on the road to the postseason.
1. Boston Celtics
At this point, it seems like a foregone conclusion Kyrie Irving won't be re-signing in Boston this summer. And with Terry Rozier not too pleased with the Celtics either, Boston might all of a sudden be without a legitimate starting point guard. Rubio would be a perfect fit for Brad Stevens' offense that emphasizes ball movement and quick guards. Boston also has plenty of shooting to surround Rubio with to make up for his struggles from 3-point range. If Boston does indeed lose both Irving and Rozier, Rubio could be an excellent replacement.
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