Hawks Show Desire For Teague With Offer Match

Sunday, July 14, 2013
By Jaryd Wilson

Twice this summer, the Hawks have shown how much they value Jeff Teague.

Following his best season as a pro, Atlanta gave him a qualifying offer, making him a restricted free agent.  This allowed them the option to match any offer another team would throw at him.  On Saturday, the Hawks did just that, matching Milwaukee’s offer.

Teague, who averaged nearly 15 points and more than seven assists last season, will join Dennis Schröder as the two point guards the Hawks officially have on the roster.  If Atlanta does keep Shelvin Mack, they’ll have depth at the point guard position that few teams will be able to match.

The Teague signing allows Danny Ferry and the coaching staff to option the rookie Schröder to the D-League if they want to develop him further.  It also allows Lou Williams to stay in his sixth man role, a place where he has thrived his whole career, should the coaching staff choose to go that route.

As far as what Teague can do on the floor, the Hawks bring someone back who can create his own shot, particularly when attacking the rim.  They’ll also get a veteran floor leader (Teague is entering his fifth season) and a guy who has experience playing with Al Horford, Lou Williams, Kyle Korver and John Jenkins.

With the match, Atlanta’s backcourt has a lot of potential.  Teague and Williams provide the veteran presence, while Jenkins, Schröder and possibly Mack are all working to come into their own.

What do you think of the Hawks keeping Teague?

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