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MINNEAPOLIS — The Timberwolves made two significant moves to shake up their point-guard position Friday, trading Ricky Rubio to the Utah Jazz in the afternoon and then agreeing to terms with Jeff Teague on Friday night to become Rubio's replacement. Teague and Minnesota agreed to a three-year, $57 million contract, with a player option for the third year, a source told the Associated Press. The deal was reported by the AP just minutes after free agency's official 11 p.m. Central start time.
MINNEAPOLIS — Ricky Rubio delivered an emotional farewell message to Timberwolves fans Saturday morning, one day after he was dealt to Utah for a first-round draft pick. Rubio spent his first six NBA seasons in Minnesota. With his dazzling dimes and lovable moments such as telling former Timberwolves guard Alexey Shved to change his face, "be happy, enjoy," he became a fan favorite. To those fans who supported him during his time in Minnesota, Rubio delivered a message via his Instagram on Saturday. The message: Thank you. Here's the message, in full:
MINNEAPOLIS — Jimmy Butler brought a lot of things with him to Minnesota last week: an all-star reputation, defensive toughness, a winning attitude and a football from Antonio Brown, to name a few. Maybe more important is what Butler took with him when he left Minnesota on Thursday and returned to Los Angeles — Wolves forward Karl-Anthony Towns. "He's going to get three hours or so of just a mouthful from me about this upcoming season," Butler said Thursday. "So I'm looking forward to that."
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Timberwolves have agreed to trade point guard Ricky Rubio to the Utah Jazz in exchange for a 2018 first-round draft pick, a source confirmed. The pick — which will be lottery-protected — originally belonged to Oklahoma City and was acquired by Utah in a previous deal.
MINNEAPOLIS – Jimmy Butler has friends in high places, which could do the Timberwolves a lot of good come the start of NBA free agency early Saturday morning, July 1. The three-time all-star and Olympic gold medalist is friends with some of the league’s top players. Just last week, he was in Paris with Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony.
MINNEAPOLIS — There are a lot of things Jimmy Butler does for Minnesota. The all-star forward acquired in a draft-night deal last week adds defense, adds toughness, adds the ability to close games and adds another intriguing personality. His biggest addition? Legitimacy — something the Timberwolves and their fans have been craving since Kevin Garnett was shipped off to Boston in 2007. After a decade of ineptitude, the addition of Butler to one of the NBA's best young cores has the Timberwolves planted firmly on the map.
MINNEAPOLIS — Tyus Jones knows how talented Jimmy Butler is — everyone does. The new Timberwolves forward — acquired from Chicago via a trade last week — is a three-time all-star and All-NBA performer. But talent isn't the biggest thing Jones said Butler will bring to Minnesota.
MINNEAPOLIS — Justin Patton's introductory press conference was Tuesday afternoon, in Minneapolis, but a more apt initiation took place during a Monday night dinner with Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau and newly acquired star Jimmy Butler. Butler is known for his fashion sense; Patton wore shorts throughout high school because his rapid, and constant, growth made it hard for him to find pants that fit. "I said, 'I'm not big on fashion,'" Patton said Tuesday, June 26, "and (Butler) said by the time he's done with me, I'm going to be a fashion guy, so I can't wait."
MINNEAPOLIS — Had the Timberwolves made serious progress in the win column last season, Glen Taylor said, "We may have continued on with our plan to go with the young guys." But the Wolves improved by just two wins in their first season under coach Tom Thibodeau, and something had to be done, the team's owner said Friday.
MINNEAPOLIS — Ryan Tanke could feel the buzz building at First Avenue on Thursday night. The Timberwolves' chief revenue officer was at one of Minnesota's five draft parties — this one for season-ticket holders — and everyone was aware of what was happening.