3. The Teague-Timberwolves Trade
Like three trades that have come before this one, making a move for Jeff Teague is hardly a sexy endeavor. He just turned 31, his scoring average last season (12.1 points per game) was at its lowest since his second year in the league and he’s only on the books for the upcoming season.
However, even a slightly below-average starting point guard is far better than what the Suns had last year, and with the Minnesota Timberwolves most likely fine with the prospect of shedding his $19 million salary, perhaps the two sides could come to an understanding:
Trading Andrew Wiggins is the Wolves’ top priority for the future, but acquiring talent to put around Karl-Anthony Towns is attached to that goal. As such, adding a proven scorer like Warren, getting a young player to develop like Jackson and moving up to No. 6 helps inject some life back into a rebuild that stagnated the moment Jimmy Butler‘s trade demands went viral.
Meanwhile, the Suns get a speedster point guard who averaged a career-high 8.2 assists per game last year. He’s not a reliable 3-point threat, but Teague is a target that could be available at this price, and Phoenix would still have the No. 11 pick to use on someone like Brandon Clarke.
With that being said, Minnesota might resist a deal that comes with Warren’s long-term salary, especially as it tries to get Wiggins off the books and start assembling a legitimate contender before KAT gets fed up. By that same token, trading two capable young wings and the No. 6 pick for one year of Jeff Teague — even with No. 11 attached — could be a bit much for Phoenix.