Now that Phil Jackson and his triangle offense are out in New York, the Knicks can begin chasing free agents without that albatross hanging around their neck.
One of those free agents is point guard Jeff Teague, who, according to ESPN’s Ian Begley, is a target for general manager Steve Mills. It is a long-standing interest for Mills and the Knicks, who talked to the Atlanta Hawks about a Teague trade two years ago.
The interest in Teague is reportedly mutual with the triangle offense becoming de-emphasized within the organization.
The Knicks were linked to Teague as early as March, when Jackson was still in charge of basketball operations. You have to figure the guard would be even more interested now once Jackson is no longer involved in the organization.
Indiana Pacers point guard Jeff Teague is set to become an unrestricted free agent, but he has voiced his desire to stay with his hometown team.
The Indianapolis native said after Sunday’s season-ending loss to Cleveland that he’d prefer to stay with the Pacers.
“I love Indiana,” Teague said, via Lang Whitaker of NBA.com. “You all know me, born and raised, tattoos on my arm. I’ve wanted to play for the Pacers my whole life. It’s a great opportunity for me and I love to be here.”
Teague played in all 82 games for the Pacers during the regular season, averaging a productive 15.3 points and 7.8 assists per game. He turns 29 in June, so logically, he still has some good years left in him, but he’ll have options outside of Indiana on the open market.
The Indiana Pacers blew Game 3 against the Cleveland Cavaliers in historic fashion Thursday night — literally.
Despite heading into the locker room at halftime with a 25-point lead, the Pacers found a way to lose. No team in NBA playoff history had ever blown that big of a halftime lead. Because of the meltdown, Indiana is on the verge of being swept. Starting point guard Jeff Teague insists he is not going to let that happen.
“It sucks. We had them. That was our game and we lost it,” Teague told reporters. “We’re playing for pride now. We’re all competitors in here. We all believe in one another. We ain’t getting swept. We’re gonna move on and come out ready to play.”
In other words, the Pacers are going to try to salvage a win because they know they have no shot.
LeBron James led the way for the Cavs (what else is new?) with 41 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists. He got stronger as the game went on, and both Teague and Paul George realized their team allowed too many open looks in the second half.
“Here we are up (25) to start the second half and a chance to put our foot on their throat and we came out relaxed,” George said, via Nate Taylor of the Indy Star. “We didn’t pressure up on the ball and make anything tough. I thought they, again, had stretches where they were just walking into 3-pointers. You can’t do that.”
George finished with 36 points, but 21 of them came in the second quarter alone.
The Pacers never had a chance to win a series against the Cavs, who should really be the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. No matter how much LeBron praises George on social media, the talent gap between the two players and their respective supporting casts is just too significant to overcome. It’d be a surprise if Indiana extended the series.
With the Derrick Rose set to become a free agent after the season, the New York Knicks may be planning to target a pair of other former All-Star point guards over the summer.
According to a report by ESPN’s Ian Begley on Saturday, some within the Knicks organization see Jeff Teague of the Indiana Pacers and Jrue Holiday of the New Orleans Pelicans as free agent targets.
Teague, who will turn 29 in June, is averaging 15.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 7.9 assists per game this season and would give the Knicks a more consistent off-the-bounce creator. As for Holiday, who will be 27 in June, he is averaging 15.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 7.2 assists per game in 2016-17. The Knicks’ supposed interest in him had previously been reported (giving us this juicy storyline) as they could definitely use a dynamic distributor and defender of his caliber as well. Both are set to be unrestricted free agents this offseason.
Begley also adds that the Knicks “haven’t ruled out the possibility” of bringing Rose back. But it at least makes sense to have a contigency plan already in place, especially in such a guard-driven league.
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After spending the first seven years of his NBA career with the Hawks, Jeff Teague was traded to the Pacers last month, who happen to play in his home town. Teague, of course, has family in the area and for the near future he will be living with some of them.
A few years ago, Teague bought a house in the area that he eventually gave to his mother and father. Now that he’s back in town, Teague decided to move back in with them.
“I bought a home here some years back, and when I re-signed back with Atlanta I just decided I was going to live in Atlanta and just gave the house to my mom and dad,” Teague said on the Query & Schultz Show on 97.5 FM in Indianapolis, as transcribed by Sporting News. “Now I’m going to live back in my old house with my mom and dad.”
Teague later said he will be staying in the basement.
When he isn’t sharing a house with mom and dad, Teague will be at the controls of a much improved Pacers team who has also added Thaddeus Young and Al Jefferson this offseason. With Paul George and Monta Ellis remaining, along with promising second-year player Myles Turner, Indiana has gone under a transformation that has some thinking they are now the second best team in the Eastern Conference behind the Cavaliers.
Teague averaged 15.7 points and 5.9 assists last season.
The Indiana Pacers acquired point guard Jeff Teague this offseason in the hopes that he would be more than just a rental chip, and it looks like they may be getting their wish.
In his introductory press conference on Monday, Teague expressed his openness to signing a long-term deal with the Pacers down the road.
“I would love to be here,” Teague said per Nate Taylor of the Indianapolis Star. “I’m from here. I’ve always wanted to play for the Pacers.
“I would love to spend the rest of my career here,” Teague continued. “This is the best basketball city.”
The 28-year-old Teague, who was born and raised in Indianapolis, was acquired by the Pacers in a three-team deal with the Hawks and the Jazz last month. He is in the final year of his contract and is due to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.
Teague makes sense for the Pacers from a basketball perspective as his off-the-bounce friskiness and his ability to poke holes in defenses through his passing or through his lightning-quick dribble drives should represent an interesting change of pace from former point guard George Hill. With Indiana looking ripe for a renewed sense of playoff contention in 2016-17, hopefully Teague can serve as a cornerstone of that movement for many years to come.
Point guard Jeff Teague is off to the Indiana Pacers as part of a three-team deal that also involves George Hill and the No. 12 pick, according to a report.
Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical reported that Teague was going to the Pacers, with Hill going to the Utah Jazz. The Atlanta Hawks are reportedly acquiring Utah’s first round pick, No. 12 overall, as part of the deal.
Teague would be a free agent after 2016-17, so even if they can’t ink him to an extension, Indiana will have a year of him. The Jazz also get an established veteran guard in Hill, and the Hawks get a lottery pick and an opening to put Dennis Schroder into the starting lineup.
It will be interesting to see what this means for the Hawks going forward. They’d clearly been willing to move Teague, and with Al Horford about to become a free agency and already being looked at by several teams, their core may be about to come apart.
Are we on the verge of a mini-shakeup to the Eastern Conference terrain?
According to a report by Shams Charania of The Vertical on Thursday, the Hawks and the Sixers are discussing a deal centered around a Jeff Teague-for-Nerlens Noel swap. Charania does add, however, that no trade is imminent at the moment.
The 27-year-old Teague (unrestricted) and the 22-year-old Noel (restricted) are both due to hit free agency in Summer 2017.
Noel’s name, along with that of Jahlil Okafor, has been mentioned in trade rumors recently with the Sixers apparently looking to unclutter a crowded frontcourt that could also include both Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons next season. Philadelphia needs a decent floor general, but it’s doubtful that an acquisition of Teague would move the needle much for them, especially given the loaded talent pool of point guards in today’s league.
Meanwhile, Noel would make for an interesting fit in Atlanta, where there is some measure of uncertainty considering the fact that Al Horford will be a free agent this offseason. Noel is an elite one-on-one defender and is already one of the top rim protectors in the league so he would fit in nicely on a Hawks team that has long had to emphasize sound team defense over strong individual defense pieces.
This is a deal that seems to make a moderate amount of sense for both parties. We’ll see if Atlanta’s seeming desperation to leave the Teague era behind (both literally and figuratively) as well as that of Philadelphia to move past The Process really gets the ball rolling on these trade talks.
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The Atlanta Hawks beat the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night, and after the game, they loaded up the bus and headed off. Just one problem: they forgot their point guard.
Jeff Teague posted the image, originally captured by a Reddit user, to his Instagram confirming that, yes, the Hawks had left him stranded at the Palace.
Teague had fun with it. He even shared the Crying Jordan version.
Also, is that a pizza he’s holding, and why is he carrying it like that? Questions, questions. We know the Hawks discussed trading Teague earlier in the season, but this seems a bit much. But hey, if this happened to another prominent sports figure, then Teague shouldn’t feel so badly about it.
Last Thursday’s NBA trade deadline might have seen a lot more fireworks if the Atlanta Hawks had gotten their way.
According to a report by David Aldridge of NBA.com on Monday, the Bucks rejected a trade offer from the Hawks that would have sent point guard Jeff Teague to Milwaukee in exchange for forward Khris Middleton.
Teague, 27, had seen his name come up in trade talks in the weeks prior to the deadline, along with other members of the Hawks’ core. But that sort of asking price is consistent with reports that Atlanta’s asking price for those players was “borderline ridiculous.” As such, nothing ultimately materialized on the trade front for the Hawks.
The decision had to be a no-brainer for the Bucks as there was neither reason nor rationale for them to trade away Middleton, their best three-point shooter and their most important two-way talent. The 24-year-old Texas A&M product is their leading scorer this season, and Milwaukee just made a big commitment to him as a long-term building block by signing him to a five-year, $70 million extension over the summer.
Meanwhile, Teague is an average option at the league’s deepest possession, so it would have made little sense to trade away a 3-and-D wing (arguably the most desired player-type in the NBA), and a potentially elite one at that in Middleton, in order to acquire him.
As they should be, the Bucks appear intent on developing their core trio of young forwards in Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Jabari Parker together. For another team to break up that soon-to-be lethal three-headed monster, they’re going to have to do a lot better.
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