Jeff Teague Agrees to 3-Year Contract With Timberwolves

Beth Cruz
July 2, 2017

Meanwhile, the team also gets a first-round pick in next year's draft at a time when its roster is already loaded with Butler, Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. That lack of shooting at point guard is compounded by Tom Thibodeau's insistence on playing two traditional bigs. He's owed $14.25 million in 2017-18 and $14.95 million in 2018-19.

Rubio had been with the Timberwolves since 2009, so the deal to the Jazz will come as a bit of a culture shock for the point guard, just weeks after the team acquired a big star in Jimmy Butler from the Chicago Bulls to add to their young lineup.

Now comes the point of saying who could fulfill these needs.

Gobert fired back nearly immediately and reached out to Rubio to prove his point.

Minnesota Timberwolves coach/president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau and GM Scott Layden took a conservative approach to free agency in their first days running the team a year ago, and it essentially backfired on them. Guys like Hill, Kyle Lowry and Jeff Teague could all be suitable targets. Teague can't sign a deal with Minnesota until Thursday because of National Basketball Association rules.

The agreement was reached after the Wolves dealt Ricky Rubio. A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press the deal includes a player option for the third year.

The Wolves are sending Ricky Rubio to Utah for a first-round pick, according to Marc Stein.

So with basically no cap space left, the Wolves would bring back Shabazz Muhammad to be one of the backup wings and then could bring in a rumored free agent signing from the defending champion Golden State Warriors, Andre Iguodala. Rubio was set to make $14.2 million next season. Now the Wolves wouldn't have cap space to sign Iggy, but with an $8.4 million non-taxpayer mid-level exception, they would be able to offer him a competitive contract that is only four million less than the $12 million he made last season. Although, teams will have to pay him more respect and fight harder through screens than they did for Rubio. He averaged 16 points and 10.5 assists in 24 starts after the all-star break, shooting 42 percent from the floor and 35 percent from three in that span. With that many scoring threats on the court at one time, Teague's offensive output may decline slightly, but he should more than make up for it with increased shooting efficiency and potentially a career-high number of assists.

Lastly would be a power forward. Rubio is a pesky on-ball defender, leading the league in steal rate three times in his career and putting up 1.7 swipes per game a year ago.

Other reports by Ligue1talk

Discuss This Article