A couple hours after it was reported that Ricky Rubio would be traded to Utah, reports started surfacing that they had already found their replacement.
Right as the midnight (eastern) deadline hit, Woj (of ESPN) reported what had been floating around for the past few hours: Jeff Teague is coming to Minnesota on a 3-year, $57 million deal.
Free agent Jeff Teague has agreed to a 3-year, $57M deal with Minnesota, league sources tell ESPN. https://t.co/fgvUnhATgH
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2017
Teague, 29, had somewhat of a resurgence in Indiana last year, where he put up 15.3 points, 7.8 assists, and shot 36 percent from the 3-point line. This all came after a rough follow-up to a 2015 All-Star game in his last year with the Hawks.
While iffy defensively, Teague is a good scorer/shooter in rhythm, and a solid passer. His spot-up shooting will be badly needed in an offense surely to be centered around the workings of Jimmy Butler, Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. Ultimately, taking him over Ricky Rubio is a controversial move, but his skillset fits more with what Tom Thibodeau envisions for his team.
One major sign in the right direction for the Wolves, as pointed out on Twitter by FanBuzz’s Bo Churney, Teague is one of just 5 players to average at least 15 points, 7 assists, and have a True Shooting Percentage of at least .550.
*searches closet, finds box, dusts off old Jeff Teague cape*
— Bo Churney (@bochurney) June 30, 2017
Good stuff. We’ll have plenty of time to see how he fits in with his new teammates in Minnesota.
We’ll have more free agency news as it comes in.