"My name has come up the last two, three years and you have to deal with it".
Rubio has been on the trading block for months and he'll return to it immediately again if the Jazz re-sign Hill.
Rubio has averaged 10.3 points and 8.5 assists in a six-year career spent entirely with Minnesota. In a worst-case scenario, the Jazz could have been stuck without a 2018 first-round pick if they had to send their own pick to the Timberwolves and the Thunder's protected pick didn't convey.
"At 6'4", he's also long and skilled enough to execute Utah's defensive strategies. An All-Star three seasons ago, he's a professional PG who can create offense and score if given space.
Rubio went on to thank the people of Minnesota, his coaches, teammates and Wolves staff. As a longtime advanced stats darling, the value Rubio brings to his new team won't as much be seen in highlight plays as it will over the long-term results. Once the season ended with a disappointing 31 victories and the 13th straight trip to the lottery, Rubio quietly let it be known to the organization that he would welcome a change of scenery if they felt there was a better point guard for Thibodeau's system.
On the negative side though, Rubio's weaknesses have been well-documented for years now. Their trade for Jimmy Butler seemingly closed the door on Rubio's time in Minnesota, as starting three shaky perimeter shooters in Rubio (career 32% from deep), Butler (career 34%) and Andrew Wiggins (career 33%) was going to be untenable.
On spot-ups, he knocked down just 38.1 percent of his attempts, according to Synergy.
In total the Wolves have nine players (including the eventual signing of Patton) under contract, with three unrestricted free agents: Omri Casspi, Adreian Payne, and Brandon Rush, and one restricted free agent, Shabazz Muhammad.
Of course, the greater implication of this trade will come in how it affects free agent superstar Gordon Hayward. But convincing Hill to stay, being able to afford him and Hayward's decision all complicate this head-to-head preference.
Rubio still hasn't tweeted back to Gobert, but posted a message to give the Jazz fans something to look for. He leaves as arguably the best point guard in Timberwolves history.
To help depress those who lost in the deal even more and make those who won feel even better about themselves, here are five winners and losers from the Rubio deal to the Jazz.