NBA Rumor: Jeff Teague Trade

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In the meantime, here is a list of players who could still be on the move in the near-term, according to league executives. Jeff Teague, Timberwolves: Teague is going into the final year of a contract worth $19 million in 2019-20, and the Wolves were involved in trade talks to move him in the event they would be able to land D’Angelo Russell over the past couple of weeks. Teague had ankle surgery in April, Russell is going to Golden State and the Wolves lost Derrick Rose in free agency, so they’d need another point guard option to make a deal.

Towns and Russell were taken Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, in the 2015 NBA draft and have been close friends since high school. Towns is really high on adding Russell, sources said. It would take moving Andrew Wiggins or a combination of Jeff Teague and Gorgui Dieng to open the space needed for Minnesota to sign Russell. The Nets would have two days to match a signed offer sheet to retain Russell.

There is also the looming likelihood that the Hawks will trade one of their point guards, which means Jeff Teague could also be moved on draft night. The Hawks could package Teague, their first-round pick and future second-rounders to move up for a player who figures to be gone by No. 21. Teague is in the final year of his contract at a very cap-friendly $8 million. He posted on social media last week, one of which was later deleted, that indicated he was not happy with the Hawks and that he played at least part of last season with a partially torn patella tendon.

Timing, however, is crucial in determining whether or not a kicker actually kicks. When a player is traded with a bonus, the additional salary is averaged out over his contract, excluding any player or team option years. For instance, Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague is due $800,000 if he’s traded. Dealt before July, Teague’s salary would actually jump to $8.4 million for both the completed 2015-16 season and the 2016-17 campaign.

Eligible for a rookie extension this summer, Schroder will be a restricted free agent next summer, giving Atlanta the ability to control the free-agency process. Teague, 27, has shown the ability to run the team, but his future is unclear. Teague is still in his prime but is entering the last year of a $32 million contract he signed in 2013. With Teague’s salary ($8 million in 2016-17) likely to double in 2017-18 and Schroder commanding starter money, the situation needs to be addressed sooner rather than later.

Teague, who will turn 28 this summer, has one year left on his contract at an appetizing $8 million. Certainly, there are plenty of teams that can use a point guard. Brooklyn is one point guard-needy team and its new coach happens to be Hawks’ assistant Kenny Atkinson, who helped develop Teague and struck a close relationship with the point guard. Hawks players believe management doesn’t need to make a ton of moves and that Mike Budenholzer’s spread-the-wealth system can win the East.

Teague, though, was another matter, the Hawks’ current front office seemingly more comfortable with the guy they picked, Dennis Schroeder, going forward. An All-Star just a year ago, with a very reasonable contract (one year left at $8 million) going forward, Teague was the player that should have brought back something or someone of value for Atlanta. But the Bucks — who signed Teague to the $32 million offer sheet in 2013 that the Hawks matched — weren’t interested in moving Khris Middleton to Atlanta for Teague, per league sources. Atlanta, though, still figures to be a player in free agency this summer.

Members of the New York Knicks’ front office ran into a fundamental problem when they reached out to the Atlanta Hawks to gauge the club’s interest in trading Jeff Teague last month. “They just didn’t have the pieces to make it happen,” one league source familiar with the dynamic said. That won’t stop the Knicks from trying. New York still hopes to pry Teague from Atlanta at some point before Thursday’s trade deadline, according to a report by ESPN’s Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst.

The Hawks are once again in the postseason mix, sitting fourth in the East at the break. So why break up a team that is riding a wave of success — and one that, with former Spurs assistant Mike Budenholzer, has become the latest to embrace and attempt to emulate the San Antonio way? Multiple executives with teams around the league confirmed to CBS Sports that the Hawks have, in fact, been calling teams to assess interest in All-Stars Al Horford and Jeff Teague.

Atlanta reportedly has had trade discussions with Teague’s hometown Indiana Pacers. The Pacers would consider giving Atlanta point guard George Hill, according to reports. The Orlando Magic, for shooting guard Victor Oladipo, could be another destination for Teague, according to reports. A league source believes the Utah Jazz would be solid place for Teague. However, the source believes the Jazz would have to give up Rodney Hood to make the deal work. He doesn’t think Utah is prepared to part ways with the 6-foot-8 shooting guard.

The Hawks need to make a decision at point guard, as coach Mike Budenholzer has been splitting time between Dennis Schroder and Jeff Teague. Teague is averaging 6.7 minutes in the fourth quarter, while Schroder is averaging 5.7. Teague’s overall numbers are better, but it seems the Hawks may be shopping him, feeling Schroder has a higher upside. Teague is a free agent after next season and his salary is modest ($8 million per season), making him an attractive player to trade.

Celtics interested in Jeff Teague and Al Horford

The Celtics have inquired about Atlanta Hawks point guard Jeff Teague and power forward Al Horford, CSNNE’s Chris Mannix said on the network’s broadcast of Friday’s game against the Orlando Magic. “Atlanta, I’ve been told, is ready to turn the page, to give the team to Dennis Schroeder, their young point guard, who is ready to step up and be a starter,” Mannix said. “Teague is available because Teague has some value. He has another year left on his contract, about $8 million per year, and teams across the league are looking to get him.”

“I’ve heard that Boston’s inquired about several players with Atlanta, Teague and Al Horford,” Mannix added. “Teague might seem like a weird fit with this team because they already have point guards, but he is an asset, He’s someone the Celtics could be interested in. “Horford, a little more difficult. It would be a gamble going after Al Horford because Al Horford is in the last year of his deal and he’s going to command a salary north of $20 million next year. But as we know and as I just said, (president of basketball operations) Danny Ainge is a gambling GM. He could make a move like that, too.”

“Danny Ainge is out on the hunt for a star, and trying to figure out what that means — what a star is. One team that I think is really at a crossroads talking to teams is the Atlanta Hawks,” Wojnarowski said, adding that the Hawks have tried to gauge the value of Teague. “Al Horford is a free agent this summer. They’re not sure he’s going to stay, whether they’re going to keep him. There’s a chance this Atlanta team pushes the reset button here at some point.”
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