By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Hours after trading away Ricky Rubio, the Minnesota Timberwolves have found their next point guard. The team has come to an agreement with free agent Jeff Teague to a three-year deal worth $55 million.
The Timberwolves traded Rubio to the Utah Jazz on Friday afternoon for a 2018 first-round draft pick. Teague was their focus almost immediately after making the deal.
Teague is the latest addition to the Wolves. He’s going to run the point with a starting cast that includes Jimmy Butler — who was recently acquired by the Chicago Bulls — Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns.
The Wolves finished with a 31-51 record last season. They were last in the NBA’s Northwest Division, 20 games behind the Utah Jazz with a 51-31 record.
The Teague and Butler additions means that Tom Thibodeau is attempting to make their first playoff appearance since the 2003-04 season. They lost 4-2 to the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference Finals that year.
The 29-year-old will be joining his third team. He has previously played seven seasons with the Atlanta Hawks and this past season with the Indiana Pacers following a multi-team trade last summer.
With the Pacers, he played in a career-high 82 games, all starts, where he averaged 15.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 7.8 assists, 1.2 steals, and 0.4 blocks.
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