Jeff Teague Agrees to Terms on Contract with Timberwolves

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist

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Jeff Teague is moving on from the Indiana Pacers after only one season.

ESPN.com's Adrian Wojnarowski reported June 30 that Teague and the Minnesota Timberwolves agreed to a three-year, $57 million deal. Minnesota confirmed the deal Monday.

Teague had a strong year for Indiana. He averaged 15.3 points and a career-high 7.8 assists per game, and according to NBA.com, the Pacers were 4.1 points better per 100 possessions when the veteran point guard was on the floor.

Mark Montieth of the team's website argued in April that Teague "delivered what should have been expected of him, and perhaps more":

"He would have better stats if he hadn't struggled early in the season while adjusting to playing in his hometown. Give him a mulligan for the first five games, and he averaged 15.6 points while shooting 46 percent from the field and 38 percent from the 3-point line, along with 7.8 assists and just 2.6 turnovers.

"They traded for him and got what they should have expected out of him, so logically you would think they would like to have him back. Free agency can get complicated, however."

From the Pacers' perspective, Teague moving on may signal the start of a complete rebuild, especially after Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com reported they traded Paul George to the Oklahoma City Thunder. After the team's first-round exit at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers, it became readily apparent how far from title contention Indiana was.

Meanwhile, the Timberwolves added one of the better point guards on the market.

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Teague was among the group of free agents feasibly available this offseason—next to George Hill, Kyle Lowry, Jrue Holiday and others—which isn't to say Teague is the perfect guard.

After connecting on 40.0 percent of his three-point attempts in 2015-16, his three-point percentage fell to 35.7—only 0.2 percent off his career average—last season. According to NBA Math, Teague's minus-26.5 defensive points saved ranked 11th on the team as well.

Still, he can take over the vacant point guard spot after Minnesota traded Kris Dunn to the Chicago Bulls and announced it dealt Ricky Rubio to the Utah Jazz.

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