The Atlanta Hawks have been desperate to find a reliable backup point guard for Trae Young. Today, the Hawks made a trade to fill that need and to reunite with former Hawk, Jeff Teague.
The Atlanta Hawks made a trade this after with the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Hawks sent Allen Crabbe to the Timberwolves for Jeff Teague and Treveon Graham. For the Hawks, the trade fills two needs for the Hawks, a backup point guard and a veteran presence for the very young roster. For the Timberwolves, the trade lets the team open a roster spot if the team chooses to add another player before the February trade deadline. On the surface, the trade looks good for both sides.
Jeff Teague will be returning to Atlanta after leaving in the 2015-2016 season for Indiana, then Minnesota. After an injury-shortened season last year that limited him to 42 games, Teague took more of a backseat in Minnesota, coming off the bench for most of the season. Obviously, that will be much of the same for Teague when he comes to Atlanta to backup Trae Young.
The move bodes well for Atlanta who has been in need of a veteran presence on the floor when Trae is not on the floor. Adding in Teague with Vince Carter should do wonders for Cam Reddish, De’Andre Hunter and the rest of the young players that mostly make up this Hawks roster.