The Timberwolves made it known throughout the NBA during the offseason that veteran point guard Jeff Teague could be had in a trade, and that’s still the case, league sources tell Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic.
Teague, who was signed to a three-year, $57MM deal by former Wolves president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau, is in the final year of that contract, with a $19MM expiring salary. His fit within Minnesota’s offensive system under Ryan Saunders isn’t ideal, as Krawczynski explains, and the club wants to find its point guard of the future.
Here’s more on the Wolves, via Krawczynski:
- It’s not year clear which direction Minnesota will go at the trade deadline. The club’s new management group, led by Gersson Rosas, is pragmatic and has a long-term plan for success, so the team is unlikely to compromise that plan for a quick fix, writes Krawczynski. On the other hand, the Wolves figure to be aggressive if they identify a player who fits Karl-Anthony Towns‘ timeline and can be part of that long-term plan.
- There was a leaguewide belief this past summer that Andrew Wiggins could be had in a trade, but the Wolves have been encouraged by the progress he has made this fall, and Saunders and Rosas are both in his corner, says Krawczynski. That doesn’t mean Wiggins is untouchable, but it doesn’t sound like he’s actively being shopped either.
- The Timberwolves remain interested in D’Angelo Russell after pursuing him in free agency, sources tell Krawczynski.
- Minnesota isn’t looking to move Robert Covington, but the club recognizes that if it wants to land an impact player, Covington and its future first-round picks are the most attractive assets it could dangle.