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Report: Jeff Teague signs four-year, $32 million offer sheet with Bucks

Jul 11, 2013, 12:46 AM EDT

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The Bucks, led by their new coach Larry Drew (who just happened to be the coach in Atlanta last year), had been going hard at Jeff Teague, the Hawks’ restricted free agent point guard.

They got their man according to Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports.

Atlanta Hawks restricted free-agent guard Jeff Teague has signed a four-year, $32 million offer sheet with the Milwaukee Bucks, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The Hawks have three days to match the offer sheet or Teague will rejoin his old Hawks coach, Larry Drew, in Milwaukee.

There are some reports out of Milwaukee the offer sheet will be signed Thursday morning. The three-day clock starts when he signs the paper.

The Hawks and Bucks had spent days discussing sign-and-trade scenarios around Teague and Monta Ellis, or possibly Brandon Jennings. Nothing came of those and with Jennings signing an offer sheet a sign-and-trade is now off the table. The Bucks may need to renounce the rights to Joel Przybilla to make the math work.

This seems to spell the end of Jennings with the Bucks (unless the Hawks match the offer to Teague). Jennings had been a restricted free agent who reportedly wanted $12 million a year for four years from the Bucks, who balked at a smaller offer. The Bucks still have the rights to Jennings and could match an offer, if one comes in, but it’s not likely if they get Teague.

If you think Teague is a downgrade from Jennings, you haven’t watched a lot of them.

Jennings is certainly the more explosive and athletic player, but he doesn’t use that quickness to get into the lane as much as you would think and when he does he doesn’t finish well (Jennings shot just 43.1 percent in the paint last season). Teague seems to constantly be thinking not just reacting, so he can be hesitant and that can get him in trouble. But he assisted on a higher percentage of his teammates shots — Teague assisted on 36 percent of his teammates buckets while he was on the floor, Jennings 29 (Monta Ellis may have been a factor in Jenning’s numbers). Both guards are solid but not spectacular from three.

Teague is not a great defender, he’s pedestrian, but at least he tries. That puts him well ahead of Jennings.

There is not a ton of room between the two right now, but Teague is showing improvement while Jennings just seems to happily continue to live on bad shot choices. If a team thinks they can change that Jennings has the higher ceiling, but I’d lean Teague right now because I can see his improvement.

  1. Jorge Lancerio - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    Atlanta should probably let him go. $8mil per buys you a lot of what they’re lacking. Having said that, if they can figure out a way to make a deal work and get Ellis in the process, it might not be such a bad thing.

  2. notbelievable - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    As a Bucks fan, I am hoping Atlanta doesn’t match. Teague is an upgrade over Monta or Jennings at the point and comes at a lower cost then what Milw. offered those two. This is quietly shaping up as a solid offseason for the Bucks. They upgraded their roster with some vets but will also be able to get plenty of minutes for their young players to develop. Now if they can manage to get a good SF or a 1st round pick in a sign and trade for Jennings that would be a nice bonus.

  3. wwttww - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:28 AM


    • 00maltliquor - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:56 AM

      R.O.Y.! I hope they don’t sign Jennings and let the kid start. I have a feeling there will be a lot of GMs kicking themselves for letting him slide to 17.

  4. cflip376 - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    Bucks upgraded and saved themselves money and a headache, sucks that they insist on spending their time in purgatory.

  5. Kevin S. - Jul 11, 2013 at 5:22 AM

    Technically, doesn’t the clock start once the offer sheet’s been delivered to the Hawks? That was the point of the Knicks hiding from the Rockets’ courier last summer, right?

  6. hodag54501 - Jul 11, 2013 at 7:13 AM

    Not mentioned was Jennings attitude. Lots of ‘me’ instead of ‘we’. Good luck to the team that signs him.

  7. pglive21 - Jul 11, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Hawks should have shown Teague some love earlier in free agency, they may have been able to hold on to him for $6 million per. As it is, they may pass on matching this offer. I think it’s a mistake but we’ll see how it turns out. Schroeder better work out if they do decide to pass on matching though.

  8. eddielee40 - Jul 11, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    As a life-long Bucks fan, I know that as long as Herb Kohl owns this team, they’re stuck in 8th-seed “can’t tank because we need a new arena” crap of purgatory. It sucks. Great way to destroy the legends of Sikma, Moncrief, Cummings, etc. But aside from all that, it’s hard to not like this – I hope Atlanta doesn’t match. Jennings thinks he’s better than he is, which isn’t much. Go Bucks.

  9. wisportsfanpbbb - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    The Bucks seem to be making the best of their situation this offseason. We all know they are not going to attract the top tier free agents at reasonable prices (or at all). The next best thing is avoiding overpaying guys like Jennings & Ellis while still remaining competitive. That’s what they’re doing with the signings they have made thus far. At the same time they are working on developing their home grown talent – which is the only way they will ever get to the next level.

  10. mannyicey - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    The Hawks should match this offer sheet. And the reason why is because if you don’t, you’re not going to have a PG of Teague’s caliber for a while. And you need that speed and defense.

    And what are you going to get? Jennings? Teague used to beat Jennings head-to-head in most match ups, so why do we even want him?

  11. jcrileyesq - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    16 million per year for teague and mayo vs. 24 million plus for jennings and ellis…NO BRAINER

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