New York Knicks have been linked to several point guards this season: Ty Lawson, Brandon Jennings and Mike Conley Jr., to name a few. But it seems like they could be securing the services of Jeff Teague, according to latest NBA trade news.
Yahoo Sports reported Tuesday that the Atlanta Hawks are fielding trade offers for either Teague or Dennis Schroder. Barely hours after that report surfaced, several sources reported that Knicks are talking with Mike Budenholzer, Hawks’ head coach and president of basketball operations, about landing Teague.
“It’s unknown at this point how far along the talks between the Knicks and Hawks are but one league source said that casual discussions have been ongoing for several days,” wrote ESPN’s Ian Begley.
What will New York offer?
While the Knicks have two outstanding pieces in Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis, the rest of the roster doesn’t boast of too much star power. According to several NBA executives, the Knicks’ trade assets are “underwhelming” and could cost them a potential deal for Teague.
In all honesty, the Hawks would demand for Arron Afflalo at the least. The Knicks could offer Jose Calderon, their starting point guard, but that wouldn’t appeal to Budenholzer’s team. Calderon is under contract during the 2016-17 season with an average of $7.6 million per season.
According to the ESPN Trade Machine, Langston Galloway or rookie guard Jerian Grant along with Calderon should be enough for the Knicks to complete a successful transaction. However, that doesn’t sound like a good deal for Hawks. After all, Teague was an all-star last season.
Is Schroder a better option?
The viable option for New York would be to trade for Schroder, the other available Hawks point guard. Schroder hasn’t matured into the kind of floor general that Teague is, but the German origin player has shown plenty of promise since being drafted 17th overall by Hawks in 2013.
This would be the way to go: off-load Calderon’s contract to Hawks for Schroder (saving close to 6 million in space) and pursue Mike Conley Jr. with a maximum deal in free agency. This way, the Knicks would have a solid backup to Conley for next season.
Jeff Teague is averaging 14.3 points and 5.6 assists this season. Schroder is averaging 10.9 points and 4.8 assists from barely 22 minutes of playing time. Should the Knicks settle for the German, instead?
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