Atlanta Hawks: Teague to Pacers in three-team trade


The Atlanta Hawks have decided to send point guard Jeff Teague to the Indiana Pacers in a three-way deal. The deal gives the Hawks the No. 12 pick in Thursday’s NBA draft.

Trade rumors have been circulating around the Atlanta Hawks point guard Jeff Teague throughout the offseason. There was a lot of speculation concerning the fate of Teague after he announced that he played the 2015-16 season with a torn patellar tendon.

His announcement came at an unexpected time in the post season. At the time, the Philadelphia 76ers had expressed interest in a deal involving him and Nerlens Noel.

Whether or not Teague was attempting to plunge his own trade value, or simply bring light to his hidden injury, is still unclear.

After enough time and anticipation, the Atlanta Hawks have finally decided what to do with Teague. It ended up having nothing to do with the 76ers after all. Instead, the Hawks have decided to send Teague to the Indiana Pacers in a three-team trade, also involving the Utah Jazz.

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The Pacers point guard George Hill will go to the Utah Jazz, and the Jazz will send their No. 12 pick in this Thursday’s NBA draft to the Atlanta Hawks.

The first report of the deal came from Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical:

"Indiana will send guard George Hill to the Jazz, who are moving the No. 12 overall pick in Thursday’s NBA draft to Atlanta, league sources said.For salary-cap purposes, the deal won’t be official until July.For Indiana and Utah, this gives them the starting point guards that they’ve been longing to acquire on the market. With the move, Atlanta is committing to guard Dennis Schroder as its point guard of the future.Utah is determined to reach the playoffs next season, and Hill gives the Jazz an accomplished and versatile guard without giving up a player.Teague was eager to be moved and is thrilled to return to his Indianapolis roots. He has one year left on his contract, and the Pacers made the move with the intention of signing him to a long-term deal, league sources said."

This season with the Hawks, Teague averaged 15.7 points per game, 2.7 rebounds and 5.9 assists, along with more decreased playing time due to the emergence of Dennis Schroder at point guard.

Next season, Teague will make $8 million and will then become an unrestricted free agent in 2017. With Teague on his way out, 22-year-old point guard Dennis Schroder will now join the Atlanta Hawks starting lineup.

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Though the fate of Teague has now been determined, there is still the question of what the Atlanta Hawks will decide to do with Al Horford and Kent Bazemore, as well as what they will acquire with the Nos. 12, 21, 44, and 54 picks in Thursday’s draft. Stay tuned.