The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Hawks are dealing point guard Jeff Teague to the Pacers, and Indiana’s starting PG in 2015-16, George Hill, will be traded as part of the deal.
That third team is Utah, who gave their No. 12 pick this year to Atlanta in order to acquire Hill from Indiana.
This is a rare trade that seems to work for all three teams. The Jazz with Trey Burke, and an injured Dante Exum were a point guard away from a playoff berth last year. Shelvin Mack was getting starter’s minutes, and the dependable — though not spectacular — Hill, is a major upgrade despite losing a valuable first-round pick (rookie scale deals are so key for teams looking to improve and not hemorrhage money).
The Hawks get a pick and open up a slot for backup point guard Dennis Schroder, who has made it known in the past he’s done backing someone up and is ready to inherit the starting role.
The Pacers acquire a point guard in Teague who was an All-Star just last year, and could put up bigger numbers on a team that only counts Paul George as a primary offensive option, rather than the well-rounded Hawks he ran point for the last few years.
NBA.com’s David Aldridge confirms Wojnarowski’s report.
Also, Woj added that the Pacers are hoping to give Teague, who will make $8 million in the final year of his deal next year, to an extension.
We doubt that last wish happens unless Larry Bird offers him a sweetheart deal nearing max money. With the cap jumping substantially in the summer of 2017 it would take a godfather offer near, or at, the max to get Teague to re-sign and miss out on all that cap money next summer.