Ricky Rubio unsure if he will return to Jazz next season
Utah Jazz point man Ricky Rubio is still unsure if he will return to the team next season, following a 4-1 first-round series defeat at the hands of the Houston Rockets.
The 28-year-old wasn’t fully convincing when talking with the front office, which led general manager Dennis Lindsey to say the following regarding his situation with the franchise:
“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 remained noncommittal, knowing there will be teams looking for a point guard in a heavy 2019 free-agent pool:
“A lot of friends ask me, but I don’t have any idea where I’m going to go,” said Rubio. “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.”
Rubio is set to be an unrestricted free agent this summer, but he will be competing with stars like Kyrie Irving and Kemba Walker, plus other mid-tier free agents like Darren Collison and Patrick Beverley.
The market is expected to quickly clog with big signings, which would mean less money and opportunity for the likes of Rubio, shall he decide to test his luck elsewhere.