Today, the second trade of the off-season has appeared and it is a three-way deal that will ship Jeff Teague to the Indiana Pacers, George Hill to the Utah Jazz, and the Atlanta Hawks will acquire the Jazz’s 12th overall pick in the first round of this year’s draft, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. This is an interesting trade and a big one that brings new faces and voices into each locker room.
First, let’s talk about who the Hawks could potentially select with the 12th overall pick, and also do not forget they own pick number 21 in the draft as well. The Hawks have some flexibility to get two new faces whether it is drafting one player and trading the other pick for an experienced player, or they can draft two young players and groom them to fit the team and make them play the way you want them to. Interestingly, I think the Hawks could trade both first round picks to move up into the top eight to draft a player that is listed as a lottery pick. Maybe they do so to land a Marquese Chriss, Jakob Poeltl, or Kris Dunn.
Next, George Hill going to the Jazz looks to end Trey Burke’s tenure there and that would allow the Jazz fans to see a heavy rotation between Dante Exum and George Hill, but Hill will be starting. Hill is an excellent three-point shooter by nailing 40.8 percent from behind the arc. He was solid in the playoffs by hitting 48.1 percent of his three-point attempts in seven games. In 74 regular-season games, Hill averaged 12.1 points, 3.5 assists, and 4.0 rebounds per game. Hill is scheduled to make $8 mil in his last year of his contract.
Finally, Teague was pushed out not only that he is entering his final year of his contract, but due to the growth of Dennis Schröder. Schröder has expressed his interest of becoming the team’s starting point guard during this past season. Now, Teague will be fun to watch in Indiana that includes some impressive players like Paul George, Myles Turner, and Monta Ellis. Now, Teague said he was playing the whole season with a painful injury, but it did not seem to affect his play. In 79 games, he averaging 15.7 points, 5.9 assists per game, while shooting 43.9 percent from the field and 40 percent from three-point range. According to Wojnarowski, the Pacers intend to try to extend Teague’s contract beyond the 2016/17 season, as he is eligible on July 13th to restructure his deal.