Timberwolves’ Teague determined to have bounce-back season

Timberwolves point guard Jeff Teague was forced to miss the playoffs with a foot injury.

Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Jeff Teague said he’s ready for a fresh start after missing 40 games and the playoffs with a reoccurring foot injury last season.

“I’m the oldest guy on the team, and I still feel like I’m pretty young,” Teague, 31, told reporters. “So that’s amazing. I’m excited that we’re going to play really fast with all of the young guys that we have. The energy every night should be great. It’s going to be very competitive.”

The Timberwolves are hoping Teague stays healthy after losing both Derrick Rose (Detroit Pistons ) and Tyus Jones (Memphis Grizzlies). Now, Shabazz Napier is the point guard other than Teague with experience.

The Timberwolves are mostly reliant on center Karl-Anthony Towns and swingman Andrew Wiggins, and are excited about the addition of rookie shooting guard Jarrett Culver.

But it is Teague who will be counted on to deliver them the ball and make sure things are flowing smoothly.

“I’m going to still be me,” Teague said. “I’m not the loudest guy or a talkative guy, but I can lead by example. If guys got questions or anything like that, I’m always open.

“It’s a solid group. I think everybody is pretty much open to one another, we can talk about anything.”

Teague is 6-foot-2 and averaged 12.1 points and 8.2 assists in 42 games last season.