MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — Ricky Rubio is saying farewell to Minnesota after six seasons.

The Timberwolves traded the Spaniard to the Utah Jazz on Friday.

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He paid tribute to late Wolves coach Flip Saunders in an Instagram post Saturday morning, and added “I didn’t know much about Minnesota, and now I’m proud to call it home.”

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Basketball brought me here 6 years ago. I didn't know much about Minnesota, and now I'm proud to call it home. You never know what this journey will bring you, and I wouldn't change a bit of mine over the last 6 years. I remember arriving here like it was yesterday. I stepped out of the airport and was overwhelmed with your support. It's something I'll never forget. What we have in Minnesota is special and you don't know that until you live there. You helped me to grow as a player, but more importantly as a person. I learned a lot, met incredible people who became part of my family and will always be in my heart…. especially you, Flip. I gave my best night after night. I'm sorry we couldn't make the playoffs because you deserve it. I am grateful to the Timberwolves organization and all of my coaches, trainers and staff. Finally, I want to thank all of the amazing teammates I was fortunate to play alongside for the last 6 years. I wish nothing but the best for you guys.

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Just a few hours after trading Rubio, the Wolves announced that they signed Pacers’ point guard Jeff Teague to a three-year, $57-million deal.

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