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Is Jeff Teague Next to Leave the Atlanta Hawks?

July 12th, 2013 at 12:19 AM
By Gordon Robinson

It has been reported that Atlanta Hawks' guard Jeff Teague signed an offer from the Milwaukee Bucks for four years worth $32 million. The Hawks have three days to match the offer, if not then Teague will be set to join coach Larry Drew and team mate Zaza Pachulia. This past season Teague averaged 14.6 points, 7.2 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game. He played well in the playoffs averaging 13.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, 5 assists and 1.5 steals. So, the Atlanta Hawks are in a situation where they are building a team and have to figure out if they want to spend $8 million on their point guard or work with what they already have. 

It has also been rumored that Atlanta may have some interest in a couple of Milwaukee Bucks. Before Teague signed the offer with Milwaukee, it was going around that there was  an option for a sign and trade deal between the two clubs involving Teague and Brandon Jennings. Since Teague has signed, the Atlanta Hawks may still be an option for Jennings if the team opts to not match Milwaukee's offer. Although, if the Hawks are not willing to pay Teague $8 million per year I'm not sure that they would want to pay Jennings $10 million a season (that's what he seems to be asking for). Monta Ellis is another name that has popped up around Atlanta in the free agent market. Ellis could provide some scoring for Atlanta but does not seem to match the new culture that Danny Ferry has talked about and he also may have a price tag beyond Atlanta's reach.

When Jeff Teague spoke with Chris Vivlamore of AJC.com he stated that Milwaukee made him feel welcomed and expressed the fact that they wanted him going into the future. He talked about his familiarity with Coach Drew and acknowledged the fact that he never felt comfortable with the new regime in Atlanta.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Hawks, Basketball, Brandon Jennings, Jeff Teague, Larry Drew, Monta Ellis, NBA, Zaza Pachulia

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