Jeff Teague is going to be the Timberwolves' replacement for Ricky Rubio. At midnight on July 1, he and Minnesota reached a three-year, $57 million agreement. This deal comes hours after the Wolves to the Jazz. It's clear that they made the trade with plans to make Teague their starting point guard of the future.
Teague comes to Minnesota off a great season with the Pacers. He showed his abilitty to play off ball and his 3-point shooting reached another level. He had a career high in True Shooting Percentage and efficiency metrics like that are valuable for shooters these days.
Jeff Teague has agreed to a three-year, $57M deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves, league sources tell The Vertical. 3rd-year player option.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 1, 2017
He joins a Minnesota squad that was looking for a change in their point guard. Rubio was ball-dominant and needed the ball in his hands to be at his best. Teague has shown he doesn't need that and can still be an excellent player even when he's playing with other ball dominant players. He'll still be tasked with creating offense, but a lot more of that role is going to go to players like Karl-Anthony Towns and Jimmy Butler.
Teague is also getting a player option on the final year of his deal, which is a great incentive for him. If he plays incredible and thinks he can get a raise, then an opt-out is available to him. If not, then he can always opt into that final season and make sure he finishes out his contract. The flexibility is there and Minnesota is happy, because the deal isn't long enough to cause them problems even if it ends up not working out.