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Jeff Teague could be option for Lakers, Clippers?

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The two Los Angeles teams may be vying for the same target at point guard once again.

Michael Scotto of HoopsHype said on his podcast this week that Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague did not seek a buyout last year partly because of the potential to work out a sign-and-trade with GM Travis Schlenk. Scotto mentions the Lakers and Clippers specifically as possible suitors for Teague.

Teague, a former All-Star, split his time last season between Minnesota and Atlanta. He averaged 10.9 points and 5.2 assists per game in total but saw a reduced role on the two rebuilding teams. Teague, also a 35.6 percent career three-point shooter, is an unrestricted free agent this offseason. He is on his second stint in Atlanta, where he had the best years of his career, so Teague could agree to a sign-and-trade for their benefit, as Scotto notes.

The Lakers and the Clippers are both still needy at the point guard spot. The last time they tried to pursue a similar upgrade did not work out so well.

Look: Karl-Anthony Towns was so frustrated with Jeff Teague

Karl-Anthony Towns

Karl-Anthony Towns got frustrated with teammate Jeff Teague at one point during Monday’s 125-109 loss to the Phoenix Suns.

The game was tied at 52 in the second quarter and Teague had the ball. Towns signaled to Teague that he wanted the ball, but Teague decided to take it to the basket himself. That left Towns pretty frustrated. Take a look:

Of course Teague ended up missing his layup, giving even more credibility to Towns’ frustration.

Teague had 16 points on 6/14 shooting in 28 minutes and is dealing with an ankle injury. Towns had 33 points and 15 rebounds. He made 12/18 shots.

Timberwolves moving Jeff Teague into bench role

The Minnesota Timberwolves are fully embracing their youth movement.

Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic reported on Monday that the team is moving former All-Star guard Jeff Teague to the bench and promoting rookie Jarrett Culver to the starting lineup. Krawczynski adds that Teague was open to the idea of leading the second unit, especially with Andrew Wiggins’ growth as an initiator this season.

Teague, 31, is still averaging an excellent 13.2 points and 7.7 assists per game this season but his usage rate is down to 19.8 percent. He is also shooting a subpar 26.7 percent from deep.

Culver is the guard of the future and should be a core part of their team for many years to come along with Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns. With the amount of touches he will receive in a sixth man role though, Teague should not be worried about getting left behind (like he literally once was).

T-Wolves player denies report of Jimmy Butler calling players-only meeting

The Minnesota Timberwolves may have held some sort of meeting on Thursday to address the way Jimmy Butler acted at practice the day before, but one member of the team insists any talk of Butler calling a players-only gathering is nonsense.

Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that Butler called a players-only meeting Thursday to express his feelings about his situation and reassure his teammates he will compete with them if he is not traded prior to the start of the season. T-Wolves point guard Jeff Teague called Charania’s report “fake news.”

Without trying to read too deeply into an 18-word tweet, it’s noteworthy that Teague specifically denied the part about the meeting only involving players. With Minnesota having cancelled practice and media availability on Thursday, perhaps members of the coaching staff and/or front office were present for the meeting.

Whatever the case, Butler has essentially confirmed that he lashed out at teammates, coaches and Minnesota’s front office during Wednesday’s practice. He still wants to be traded and is said to have a specific destination in mind, but Butler is a competitive player who has given no indication his effort will be in question if he remains with the Timberwolves through the start of the regular season.

Jeff Teague blasts Wolves after ‘worst loss’ of season

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jeff Teague knows how costly his team’s loss to the cellar-dwelling Memphis Grizzlies on Monday was.

After the Wolves shockingly fell at home to the Grizzlies 101-93, Teague sounded off on their poor effort against an opponent with nothing at stake.

“This was the worst loss, by far,” the former All-Star said, according to Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press. “They’re not playing for anything right now. They’re playing for heart and pride, and they came out and kicked us.”

The loss was especially damaging to the Wolves as they are fighting for their playoff lives and are now just 1.5 games away from dropping to the ninth seed in the Western Conference. Granted, their best player, Jimmy Butler, remains out with a meniscus injury. But even that serves as little solace after a defeat to a 54-loss team that has been setting comical new lows for futility all year.

Report: Jeff Teague has sprained knee, no structural damage

Jeff Teague appears to have avoided a serious knee injury, but the Minnesota Timberwolves guard is expected to miss some time.

Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Teague, who left Wednesday’s game against the Denver Nuggets after hurting himself during a jump ball play, suffered no structural damage to his left knee and only a sprain. He will be out for an undetermined amount of time.

The Timberwolves were reportedly concerned about Teague’s injury after Wednesday’s game, so the fact that he was diagnosed with a sprain is good news. The 29-year-old is averaging 13.4 points and a team-high 7.2 assists per game in his first season with the team. He signed a three-year, $57 million deal with Minnesota back in July.

Wolves reportedly concerned about Jeff Teague’s knee injury

Jeff Teague went down with a knee injury towards the end of a win over Denver on Wednesday, and there is some anxiousness over the severity of it.

The former All-Star was injured on a jump ball play late in the fourth quarter when Nuggets guard Gary Harris landed on him and rolled over his left knee.

Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic reported that Teague will undergo an MRI on Thursday morning and that there is “definitely concern” about the injury.

The 29-year-old Teague signed a three-year, $57 million deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves in July. He is averaging 13.4 points and a team-high 7.2 assists per game for them this season.

Though they are 22-13 on the year, the Wolves have struggled to integrate some of their other new faces this year, and an extended absence from their star point guard would obviously complicate matters even further.

Jeff Teague has funny quote about his familiarity with Timberwolves

Jeff Teague is more well-versed with his new team than you might think.

At his introductory presser on Monday, Teague, who signed a three-year, $57 million deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves this summer, had this priceless quote about his familiarity with the team, per Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune.

Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins are indeed two players whose skill and athleticism translate nicely into the video game universe. With the Wolves going out and adding the likes of Teague, Jimmy Butler, and Jamal Crawford into the mix this offseason as well, it will only make them that much more fun in both real world and virtual world alike. Now the only question is if Hassan Whiteside plans to file for intellectual property infringement.

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Jeff Teague expected to sign with Timberwolves

The Timberwolves could use help at the point guard position and it appears reinforcements are coming in the form of Jeff Teague.

Minnesota sent Kris Dunn to the Bulls in the trade that got them Jimmy Butler. They are also sending Ricky Rubio to the Jazz.

The Timberwolves may not have to wait long to fill the void as ESPN’s Marc Stein and USA Today’s Sam Amick both reported on Friday it is very likely Teague joins Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins, and Jimmy Butler in Minnesota.

Earlier this week, it appeared there was mutual interest between Teague and the Knicks. A couple of days later, that appears to no longer be the case.

The Timberwolves last made the playoffs in 2004. However, with Towns, Wiggins, Butler, and Teague, expectations around Minnesota would (and should) be playoffs or bust.

Kings, Jeff Teague reportedly have mutual interest

The Sacramento Kings may not be willing to give No. 5 overall pick De’Aaron Fox the keys to the castle right away.

According to a report by Leo Beas of Cowbell Kingdom on Friday, the Kings and unrestricted free agent point guard Jeff Teague share mutual interest.

Darren Collison and Ty Lawson split virtually all of the starts at point guard for Sacramento last season, but both are free agents this summer as well. However, the Kings brought in Fox along with Frank Mason III during this year’s draft, so it’s not necessarily a position of need for them.

The 29-year-old Teague, a former All-Star, is also said to have mutual interest with this East Coast team. Thus, it remains to be seen if the Kings view Teague as a priority or as a mere contigency plan as the advent of free agency nears.