Utah Jazz: 3 potential options at point guard amidst Ricky Rubio news

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2. Moving Donovan Mitchell over to point guard

Another option the Jazz could look at would be to move soon-to-be third-year wing Donovan Mitchell over to the 1-spot.

Throughout different times in the season, mainly when Rubio was out of the lineup while dealing with injuries, Utah explored inserting Mitchell at the point guard slot and urged him to take more control of the offense at various points.

Mitchell is the type of player that typically has the ball in his hands within the flow of the offense more often than not, so moving him over to point guard wouldn’t be much of an adjustment or learning curve for Utah and its players.

In his second season in the NBA, Mitchell played in 77 total games for the Jazz while averaging a career-high 23.8 points, 4.2 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 33.7 minutes per game. He finished shooting 43.2 percent from the field, 36.2 percent from 3 and 80.6 percent from the free throw line.

By potentially moving Mitchell over to the point guard spot, that could allow Utah to also move Joe Ingles over to the shooting guard position and go out and add a solid offensive threat at the wing position.

If that becomes a possibility, one name that comes to mind is Philadelphia 76ers wing Tobias Harris, who the Jazz have been rumored to be interested in if he hits the free agent market.

The benefit of having the players like Utah has, mainly within the starting lineup, is that it is able to basically play position-less basketball and move guys around at multiple positions in the lineup.

This option in the post-Rubio era would depend on if and exactly who the Jazz would be able to add to their team during the offseason. The fact that Mitchell is someone who is used to having the ball in his hands more often than not could make this option more realistic heading into the new season.