On Saturday, the Brooklyn Nets traded forward Toko Shengelia for point guard Marquis Teague from the Chicago Bulls. They also made a separate trade by sending Tyshawn Taylor to the New Orleans Pelicans for a second round draft pick.
Teague is younger brother of Atlanta Hawks point guard Jeff Teague. Marquis is in his second year in the NBA.
He attended the University of Kentucky in 2011-12 and helped the school win a National Championship along with Anthony Davis, Terrence Jones and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. He left Kentucky after just his freshman season to enter the NBA Draft. Teague was selected by the Chicago Bulls with the 29th pick in the first round by the Chicago Bulls in the 2012 Draft.
Since then, it was a struggle for the youngster out of Indianapolis to stay with the Bulls. He split his first season-plus between the Bulls and their D-League affiliate, the Iowa Energy. Like Taylor, Teague struggled to get time on the court. When he was with the Bulls, he often times struggled and made poor decisions.
He even admitted such in a recent statement. "When the opportunity came sometimes I didn't play as well as I probably should have."
Teague figures to be the Nets third true point guard behind starters Deron Williams and Shaun Livingston. With Livingston and Williams both in the starting lineup, Teague will at least have a chance to prove himself and gain more time, something that Taylor struggled to do.
Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau never seemed to gain much confidence in Teague. He did, however, offer a relatively positive statement for Teague. "I think Marquis is a good player. He's a good young player," said Thibodeau. "He's had some good moments. He's had some moments where obviously he could do better, but that's to be expected."
Despite the trade, Teague continues to have a positive outlook. "Things happen so I'm not worried about the past anymore. I'm just looking towards the future."
It's now time for the second year pro to move on. He's got the athleticism and some skills to be able to improve into a higher quality NBA player. He's been given another chance to prove that he belongs in this league. Now he has to work harder and play better to make sure he stays in the league and fulfills this opportunity.
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