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Report: Knicks interested in trade for Hawks’ Jeff Teague

Feb 17, 2014, 2:43 PM EST

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Once again, the Knicks are considering slicing away part of their future flexibility for a quick fix now.

New York has been shopping around for a point guard as the play of Raymond Felton has deteriorated this season. Their original goal was Toronto’s Kyle Lowry, but they couldn’t find a quick deal then after the Rudy Gay trade the Raptors became good (relative to the Eastern Conference) and now Lowry is off the market as Toronto looks to make a little playoff run.

Their new target is Atlanta’s Jeff Teague, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.

There are a few issues here and Stein touches on one of them — the Knicks have been planning for cap space in 2015 to go after free agents such as Kevin Love and others, you want to cut into that money for Jeff Teague?

The other, bigger problem, is what the Knicks can offer in a trade — Iman Shumpert isn’t going to be enough, both in terms of salary and value. The Hawks would want someone like Tim Hardaway Jr. in on the deal and the Knicks are not looking to move him. The Knicks don’t have a first round pick they can move for four years.

Teague is a solid point guard, averaging 15.6 points and 7.2 assists a night, with a true shooting percentage of 50.7 (below the league average). He’s good, if not always aggressive enough, but would be an upgrade over Felton.

But he is owed $8 million a season for three seasons after this one. Is he really worth that to the Knicks?

  1. spthegr8 - Feb 17, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Teague would help but the Knicks need ALOT more help than that & I’m not hatin on them. I’m Just Sayin’!!!!

    • sportsfan18 - Feb 17, 2014 at 5:37 PM

      Teague is just a shade above league average… yes, he IS better than Felton, but I thought the Knicks were after championships?

  2. csbanter - Feb 17, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    The Knicks need this to happen in the worst way. Felton is the worst starting PG in the league. Hardaway Jr can’t be included though, no way.

    • spursareold - Feb 17, 2014 at 3:18 PM

      Teams aren’t going to give out treasure for your trash.

      • jcmeyer10 - Feb 17, 2014 at 5:03 PM

        I enjoy Knicks fans throwing out trade scenarios. Oh, we want player X but we won’t give up the only intriguing player on our roster.

      • sportsfan18 - Feb 17, 2014 at 5:37 PM

        Teague is not a treasure. He’s a tad over league average.

      • jcmeyer10 - Feb 17, 2014 at 5:46 PM

        Well relatively speaking he is a treasure.

  3. 2016olympics - Feb 17, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    $8M per for the next three years is a good value. If he were a free agent this offseason teams would “jump” at the chance to sign him to that deal.

  4. jtbsteeler - Feb 17, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    This is a bogus report that if true will make this guy look good, but if it doesn’t happen he put an “out clause” in his reporting by saying Teague won’t approve it.

    Shady reporting at it’s best to promote himself. Bogus reporting at its best, same with the Lowry trade talk. Bogus.

  5. basketballbro - Feb 17, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    The Knicks need to make a move only AFTER they consult Melo. It is clear they don’t want to start over and rebuild through young players and the draft, and their only hope of staying relevant is keeping Melo. They need to know if Melo would rather have the team suck next year and hope that free agents come in 2015, or make a deal for Teague and play for a 3rd seed next year.

    • sportsfan18 - Feb 17, 2014 at 5:39 PM

      I hope Melo’s better at picking future teammates than he is at putting the ball through the basket…

      • basketballbro - Feb 17, 2014 at 7:19 PM

        He can’t be any worse than the awful front office of the Knicks.

  6. mannyicey - Feb 17, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    The Hawks can live without Teague because the backup is solid. But the Knicks just isn’t a good trade partner. There’s nothing there that the Hawks needs.

    • jcmeyer10 - Feb 17, 2014 at 5:05 PM

      Tim Hardaway JR is an intriguing piece but if he’s off limits then yah, this won’t work.

  7. jolink653 - Feb 17, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    The Knicks have nothing of any value to offer for Teague, and Hardaway Jr. should not be moved in any deal as he is a young, developing, promising and cheap player, something this team has none of outside of him, Jeremy Tyler and possibly Shumpert. Take THJr off the table, and the Knicks have nothing to give that any team would realistically want

    • jcmeyer10 - Feb 17, 2014 at 7:36 PM

      What, all of a sudden a 2019 First Round pick isn’t worth anything?!

  8. knightrider1755 - Feb 17, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    Simply put….the Knicks suck.

  9. 00maltliquor - Feb 18, 2014 at 2:28 AM

    They are starting to overvalue THJr. way too much. Nice player, but ehh.

    And why in the world would ATL even entertain this? Nothing about this works in their favor. I mean, it’s not like Teague is a top PG, but he’s light years better then anything NY would be giving up.

    • manilamobb - Feb 18, 2014 at 6:22 AM

      I couldnt agree more, I say trade Hardaway Jr while his stock is hot from the rising stars game and get a quality PG like teague and possibly dump one of your bad contracts to make the trade work would be and ideal situation for NY

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