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The Atlanta Hawks are reportedly looking to trade Jeff Teague, and there's speculation that Nerlens Noel could be dealt sometime before next season. Getty

Like most NBA teams, the Minnesota Timberwolves are expected to have a busy summer as they try to look for the right pieces next season. Ending the 2018-19 NBA season with a 36-46 win-loss record, it wasn't exactly a smooth one for the T-Wolves who advanced to the postseason wars the previous season. Personnel changes are in order and one cager that comes to mind is Jeff Teague.

The 30-year-old point guard averaged 12.1 points and 8.2 assists per game last season and remains a reliable NBA player. In fact, he played a key role in the T-Wolves 2017-18 playoff run as the team's starting point guard although they lost to the Houston Rockets in the first round, according to Real GM. Teague did opt in for next season where he will be earning $19 million. However, it cannot be discounted that Minnesota could think of trading him since he will be an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2020.

With multiple teams in need of a tested point guard, Teague could be an interesting choice for teams looking for a reliable playmaker. However, his contract could scare some teams away with most opting to wait for his availability next NBA offseason. But then again, trade assets could be enough for the T-Wolves who are likely to be open to any trade pitches on the table, Fansided reported.

Minnesota will be looking ahead as they try to come up with a new and young core. At 30, Teague remains a vital piece but only if he comes at the right price. With resident stars such as Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins up front, head coach Ryan Saunders may want a younger guard that can work with the two NBA stars for a longer period of time. In essence, it is a rebuilding process that the Timberwolves would be wise to take.

As things stand now, the Minnesota Timberwolves could make or break with Teague in the roster. There is no telling if he would be open to re-signing next season if he goes the full route. And even if that happens, it will likely be a short-term lease - especially with the former 19th overall pick of the 2009 NBA Draft not getting any younger. Also, he could be kept more of as a veteran or mentor to younger players as Minnesota tries to bounce back with a better performance next season.