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Report: Ricky Rubio says Jazz have told him he won’t be priority as free agent

Houston Rockets v Utah Jazz - Game Four

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - APRIL 22: Ricky Rubio #3 of the Utah Jazz brings the ball up court against the Houston Rockets in the first half of Game Four during the first round of the 2019 NBA Western Conference Playoffs at Vivint Smart Home Arena on April 22, 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images)

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Donovan Mitchell is still coming into his own as a player.

Is he a shooting guard? Is he a point guard? Those are important questions, because the Jazz must determine what type of guard fits best with him.

It sounds as if his backcourt mate will change from Ricky Rubio, a pass-first point guard who defends well but is limited as a shooter.

Rubio, via Ernest Macià, via Google Translate:

Utah has already informed me that I am not a priority for them

Rubio will be an unrestricted free agent. His future with the Jazz seemed doomed since their Mike Conley discussions with the Grizzlies before the trade deadline became public.

Utah could still try to trade for Mike Conley or even Chris Paul, who’s reportedly available, or sign someone like Kemba Walker or Malcolm Brogdon. The Jazz will have plenty of flexibility, especially if they waive Derrick Favors ($16.9 million unguaranteed next season).

Rudy Gobert and Mitchell make Utah a good team. It’s time to prioritize the present. The Jazz can probably upgrade from Rubio, and that they’re telling him this shows their confidence that they will.