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Timberwolves sign National Basketball Association free agent Jeff Teague after Ricky Rubio trade

Report: Timberwolves sign point guard Teague Report: Jeff Teague agrees to three-year, $57 million deal with Wolves
Isaac Mcdaniel | 02 July, 2017, 01:42

Former Cleveland Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin was let go days before the draft, Phil Jackson the former team president of the New York Knicks was sacked Wednesday, days before the start of Free Agency. Other targets could be Toronto all-star point guard Kyle Lowry or Utah's George Hill.

A big player acquisition also came in Minnesota with the Timberwolves fleecing of the Chicago Bulls for National Basketball Association star wing Jimmy Butler and the 16th pick for Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine and the 7th pick in the draft.

It sounds like Minnesota is still active in free agency but as of now, that leaves the Wolves with a Teague, Butler, Wiggins, Gorgui Dieng and Karl-Anthony Towns starting lineup. Utah reached the playoffs for the first time since 2012.

Let's start first with their current cap and roster situation.

One of these such shooters could be Joe Ingles, a restricted free agent that should command sizable offers from other teams. He's owed $14.25 million in 2017-18 and $14.95 million in 2018-19. New Orleans is looking to make the superstar duo work between the two All-Stars after acquiring Cousins late last season. The Jazz are likely to lose point guard George Hill to free agency, and this move makes that all the more certain.

Now comes the point of saying who could fulfill these needs. However, this does not mean Rubio excessively dominates the ball in the halfcourt, posting a 17.4 usage rate, which ranks quite low for a point guard.

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There are a lot of factors and parties to think about in this Rubio deal, and many of them come outside of the basic two teams that obviously were the two sides of the deal.

Griffin's deal will be worth about $22 million more than the $153 million contract Memphis guard Mike Conley signed last summer.

The value for Teague is reasonable in the market, although the four-year, $50 million deal the Spurs agreed to with Patty Mills really looked nice in the grand scheme.

The jury is out as to whether the Wolves are improving, in a vacuum, by going from Ricky Rubio to Jeff Teague.

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.

The Bulls bought out Rondo for $3 million Friday rather than exercise a $13.4 million option for next season. Their signings of Brandon Rush, Jordan Hill and Cole Aldrich were duds, and the team operated below the salary cap, leaving cash on the table. That doesn't put Teague in the same stratosphere as the likes of Stephen Curry, but opponents can't sag off screens as much with Teague as they could with 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.

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