Pacers reportedly talking trades for Jeff Teague

Feb 5, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Indiana Pacers guard George Hill (3) defends Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague (0) in the first quarter at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

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According to ESPN, the Orlando Magic and the Indiana Pacers are both reaching out to Atlanta to talk about their starting point guard who has been on the market for about a month now. 

Orlando, of course, has a plethora of young talent. However, Indiana has been reportedly “dangling” George Hill in these trade talks to lure the Hawks to pull the trigger on a trade. Via ESPN:

The Hawks have been gauging the market for point guard Teague, who has started 345 games for Atlanta over the past four and a half seasons. Sources say the Indiana Pacers have made inquiries and have dangled guard George Hill as a possible swap. The Magic are also potential suitors for Teague, sources confirmed.

Ananth Pandian of CBS Sports pointed out that the Hawks also have some other suitors who would like to acquire the services of Teague. Teams like the Utah Jazz and the New York Knicks have been in talks with the team, but nothing has come to fruition yet. Teague, being from Indianapolis, would most likely welcome a trade back to his hometown, but this is a strange sort of deal for the Hawks. Trading their starting point guard – due to their belief in Dennis Schroder’s ability to become the starter – for another starting point guard who has a similar play style and similar contract doesn’t make a lot of sense. 

Orlando, as mentioned before, has some young assets as well as some future picks that the Hawks could utilize. This may make a little more sense than the Pacers trade, but if the Hawks are focused on winning now, then there might be better options with the Knicks or Jazz. For a team that won 60 games just a season ago, the amount of questions about the current season is quite surprising. 


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