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Hawks’ Jeff Teague claims he sacrificed bigger role with Timberwolves for Andrew Wiggins

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Veteran guard Jeff Teague, who’s now back with the Atlanta Hawks, knew that his days with the Minnesota Timberwolves were numbered after he sacrificed his role for Andrew Wiggins.

Teague wanted Wiggins, who had fallen off the radar, to get his mojo back and eventually make an All-Star game. To aid Wiggins in this campaign, Teague took a step back so that the 24-year-old Canadian can have more opportunities at showcasing his talents. From Teague’s observation, Wiggins did eventually play well but at his expense. He doesn’t seem to regret this decision, however.

“I wanted him to be the point guard and shoot all of the shots and finally make an All-Star Game,” Teague said, per Chris Kirschner of The Athletic. “We were playing well at the beginning of the year, so I thought that maybe he could be an All-Star and get the critics off his back. He was playing at a high level, and things kind of turned. I guess I kind of shot myself a little bit because I was looking for another opportunity. It is what it is.”

In 34 games with the Timberwolves this season, Jeff Teague averaged 13.2 points and 6.1 assists across 27.8 minutes. While his numbers were well-within his career-averages, Teague fell off the radar as a bonafide starting guard to a backup.

With the Hawks, he is expected to retain such a role as the team has firmly established Trae Young as their main guard and franchise player. But analysts have pointed out that Teague has the capacity to be a star in his role as a reserve. His skills haven’t dwindled at all. As such, his second stint with the Hawks can be a form of resurgence.