Teague and the Timberwolves have agreed to terms on a three-year, $57 million contract, ESPN reports. After trading Ricky Rubio to Utah, the Wolves zeroed in on Teague as a replacement, and the 29-year-old will have a clear path to the starting role. Last season, Teague averaged 15.3 points and 7.8 assists per game for the Pacers, his first year with the team after spending seven seasons with the Hawks. While Teague isn't the strongest defender, he'll be a solid fit in a starting five that already includes three All-Star-level players in Jimmy Butler, Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins.
Teague and the Timberwolves have agreed to terms on a three-year, $55 million contract, Sports Illustrated reports. The Timberwolves were expected to make a big point guard signing after trading Ricky Rubio to the Jazz for a future first-round pick on Friday. Teague was considered a prime candidate, and will indeed head to Minnesota. With Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins, and the recently acquired Jimmy Butler, Minnesota was looking for a point guard who shoots well, but does not dominate the ball. Rubio was essentially the opposite of that, but Teague fits the mold. The 29-year-old spent his first seven seasons with the Hawks before being traded to the Pacers last season. He averaged 15.3 points, 4.0 rebounds 7.8 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.1 triples across 32.4 minutes per game with the team. With all the other talent around him, he figures to see his scoring take a bit of a dip, but his assists and triples could see a slight bump.
Teague will be an unrestricted free agent once the free agency period begins Saturday morning. The four-year deal Teague originally signed with Atlanta in 2013 is set to expire, and the 29-year-old will be seeking what could be the final lucrative, long-term deal of his career. Coming off of a season in which he averaged 15.3 points, 7.8 assists and 4.0 rebounds, Teague is sure to draw interest from multiple teams, and at this point it's unclear just how interested the Pacers might be in re-signing the Indianapolis native.
Teague posted 15 points (6-12 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-3 FT), 10 assists, four rebounds, three blocks, and two steals in 39 minutes during Sunday's 106-102 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 4. In the first round series, Teague averaged 17.0 points (48.9 FG, 52.9 3Pt, 83.3 FT), 6.3 assists, 3.3 rebounds, 1.0 steal, and 0.8 blocks in 35.8 minutes per game. Teague contributed career highs in assists and boards per night in 2016-17, turns 29 this June, and is set to become an unrestricted free agent.
Teague (hand) is not listed on the injury report in advance of Thursday's Game 3 against Cleveland, Pacers play-by-play man Scott Agness reports. "He'll be ready to go," coach Nate McMillan said. Teague appeared to injure his right hand during the second half of Monday's Game 2, and while he was in visible discomfort, he remained in the game and finished with 23 points, four assists and four rebounds in 35 minutes. The 28-year-old underwent precautionary X-rays after the game, which cleared him of any structural damage, but it seems likely that he'll be playing through discomfort Thursday as the Pacers attempt to claw their way back into the series.
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