Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas says the franchise traded Jeff Teague in part to get more flexible moving forward.

The Timberwolves traded Teague and Treveon Graham to the Atlanta Hawks for Allen Crabbe on Thursday. Teague was in the final year of his deal with the Timberwolves:

“We want to be positioned where we can take advantage of opportunities that present themselves where you can acquire a high-level player and give a team savings if they need it,” Rosas said, via Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic. “I’ve got a timeline, unfortunately the 29 other teams are not on the same timeline, but we’re working on that to figure it out.

“We’re going to be very aggressive through development of our guys. We’d love to see our guys take advantage of those opportunities. But for us, every step of the way, it’s developing our players and looking to see what opportunities develop in the market and be in position to take advantage of them.”

The Timberwolves are 15-25 on the season. They are in 12th place in the Western Conference standings.

Minnesota is trying to acquire another dynamic scorer next to Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. It just so happens that Towns and Golden State Warriors point guard D'Angelo Russell are close friends off the court and Minnesota has interest in getting Russell.