The Timberwolves will have a sort of homecoming three ways in Atlanta tonight when they open a quick two-game trip that ends a grueling January.
Starting point guard Jeff Teague played his first eight NBA seasons there for the Hawks.
Young swingman Marcus Georges-Hunt grew up 15 minutes from Philips Arena and played college ball a couple long three-pointers away at Georgia Tech.
Jamal Crawford played two seasons here 2009 to 2011. Those were his first two seasons playing in a new Sixth-Man role.
Teammates Al Horford and Paul Millsap are long gone from Atlanta and the remade Hawks have moved on at point guard with Dennis Schroder after they traded him back home to Indiana in summer 2016.
"It's always a lot of fun," Teague said. "You get to see friends and people I've known for years. It's a little different here now."
Georges-Hunt said he lost track how many family members and friends are coming to see him play a NBA game back home in Atlanta for the first time, but said his North Clayton High School team is coming.
Asked how far he grew up from Philips Arena, he said, "Not too far, down the street kinda sorta. There should be a lot of people coming out to support me tonight."
Teague said an ankle that bothered him in Saturday's home victory over Brooklyn is "all right" and Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau declared Jimmy Butler's knee all good after Saturday's return from injury. Jamal Crawford is good as well.
Teague looked to pass rather than shoot in Saturday's game, but he said it wasn't because Thibs wants his point guards to move the ball. He said he hurt his wrist "a little bit" in Thursday's game at Golden State.
"I didn't feel like I could get the ball to the rim all the way," Teague said. "I'm not shooting an airball like Wig. I was like, `I'm going to kick this to Jimmy.' "