Jeff Teague has apparently deleted all Atlanta Hawks-related photos from his Instagram account. It is a clear indicator that the point guard’s days in Atlanta are numbered.
On Monday, ESPN revealed that the Hawks have put former all-stars Teague, Al Horford and Kyle Korver on the trading block. The trio helped Atlanta win a franchise-high 60 games last season but haven’t been able to sustain the level of excellence this season as the Hawks are currently 30-24 and fifth in the Eastern Conference.
“Teague’s favorable contract, which will pay him $8 million in 2016-17, coupled with the potential shown by backup Dennis Schroder, has rendered the seven-year veteran shoppable. In addition, the coaching staff admires the 22-year-old’s (Schroder) competitive streak, a quality the mellower Teague exhibits more sparingly,” wrote ESPN insiders Kevin Arnovitz and Brian Windhorst.
Four teams vying for PG…
Various reports have indicated that the Utah Jazz, the New York Knicks, Indiana Pacers and the Orlando Magic have all shown interest in acquiring Teague’s services.
India Pacers are reportedly discussing a trade that would send George Hill to Atlanta. “Sources say the Indiana Pacers have made inquiries and have dangled guard George Hill as a possible swap. The Magic are also potential suitors for Teague, sources confirmed,” wrote ESPN.
Since Teague is from Indianapolis, the trade would make a ton of sense. However, the Hawks won’t be benefiting from acquiring a player such as Hill – who is averaging 13 points and 3.3 assists this season. Hill is a terrific perimeter defender, but he wouldn’t be a good fit for Mike Budenholzer’s fast-paced offense in Atlanta.
Perhaps the Pacers could add a valuable young asset along with Hill to lure Hawks into pulling the trigger.
Where will Jeff Teague land? The NBA trade deadline is in just 8 days.