Jeff Teague has been traded in a three-way deal in which Teague goes to the Indiana Pacers, the Pacers send George Hill to the Utah Jazz and the Jazz send the 12th pick in this year's draft to the Atlanta Hawks. You could see this coming. Teague has only one year left on his deal and the Hawks have 22 year-old Dennis Schroder waiting in the wings. Teague scored 15.7 points per game on 43% shooting (40% at the arc) and dished out 5.9 assists a game. He should be a nice addition for Indiana and is only 27. If he can continue to do well he'll be primed for a big contract when he becomes a free agent. To me, Utah didn't get much in return for the pick. I like George Hill and while he is a starter he still has much to prove. Hopefully he can take that step with the Jazz. Utah at least knows what they are getting in Hill which may be what they are thinking.
Schroder doesn't come without questions. He isn't a great shooter, is 22 and hasn't been a starter save a small stretch in the playoffs. The good news is he looked good in the playoffs and definitely has ball handling skills. He just needs to learn how to run a team as their starting point guard and hone his scoring ability. Atlanta also likes this move due to the money they save as they look at trying to re-sign center Al Horford who will likely command a max deal. The number 12 pick in the draft will either be used to bring in young talent or packaged to bring in a veteran who can help the team. Overall I like this deal. I want Horford back and think it gives them some options for upgrading the rest of the team. They still need to re-sign small forward Kent Bazemore or find some scoring from the wing. A nice start to the Atlanta Hawks' offseason.