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Should Ricky Rubio not remain with the Utah Jazz next season, there will be more than one potential landing spot for the point guard, according to Frank Urbina of Hoops Hype.
Urbina writes the Indiana Pacers, the Chicago Bulls and the Phoenix Suns will be the most likely teams to add Rubio, who will hit unrestricted free agency this summer after making almost $15 million this season, should he not return to Utah.
Rubio averaged 12.7 points, 3.6 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 1.3 steals in 27.9 minutes in 68 games (67 starts) for Utah this season, shooting 40.4 percent from the field, 31.1 percent from deep and 85.5 percent from the free-throw line.
Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey was not enthusiastic about the possibility of Rubio returning to the Jazz next season. Rubio is one of three free agents on the Utah roster, along with Thabo Sefolosha and Ekpe Udoh. Five other Jazz players — Derrick Favors, Raul Neto, Kyle Korver, Royce O’Neale and Georges Niang — have non-guaranteed contracts for next season.
“He’s got a decision to make on his end and we’ve got a decision to make on our end, but there’s a lot of scenarios I can see Ricky back,” he said, according to Mike Sorensen of the Deseret News. “We really appreciate who he is and we think we can get him better from a health perspective and skill standpoint. We know who he is — he has Jazz DNA. So he’ll have options, we’ll have options and we’ll talk to him and his agent.”
Rubio said he has no idea how things will unfold come July.
“A lot of friends ask me, but I don’t have any idea where I’m going to go,” he said, according to Sorensen. “There’s a lot of things that depend on (whether other teams) are going to need a point guard or not. When free agency comes, I can start thinking and see where I can go. One thing I’m going to look for sure is going to be the best situation for me with the coach and the team. I want to be happy, I’m going to try to find the best situation for me to be me and be happy.”