Timberwolves’ Covington, Teague, Rose expected to miss rest of season

MINNEAPOLIS — The Timberwolves experienced just the latest disappointment in a season full of them on Thursday, March 21, as the team announced Robert Covington, Derrick Rose and Jeff Teague are all expected to miss the rest of the season.

The news isn’t surprising. With the team on the brink of being officially eliminated from playoff contention, there wasn’t much good in having any of them return for any of the Wolves’ final 11 games of the season.

Still, interim coach Ryan Saunders has been adamant that he wants the Wolves’ best lineup on the floor every night. If guys are healthy and able, they will play.

Teague, Rose and Covington, however, are not healthy.

Those in the organization were hopeful Covington, who has been out since December, would return to action when Minnesota came back from the all-star break in February. Covington had progressed to on-court activities and even went down to Iowa for a short stint to practice with Minnesota’s G-League team. But the team announced Thursday that the two-way standout “recently suffered a setback which will require further treatment.”

The severity of that setback was not made public.

Teague recently reaggravated the left foot injury that hampered him in December. The veteran point guard battled injuries for much of the season and has played in a career-low 42 games. He received an injection in the foot “designed to treat chronic inflammation” on Tuesday. Teague will wear a boot and is scheduled to be reevaluated in about three weeks.

An elbow injury will end Rose’s injury-riddled season. An MRI on Tuesday revealed Rose has a chip fracture and a “loose body” in his right elbow.

The Wolves said they and Rose “are currently exploring further treatment options.”