Hawks Match Bucks’ Offer To Teague


HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Jeff Teague won’t be leaving Atlanta for Milwaukee after all.

The Hawks matched the Bucks’ four-year, $32 million offer sheet before the midnight deadline, keeping their starting point guard, who was a restricted free agent.

The Hawks had no choice but to match the offer sheet Teague signed Wednesday, a move first reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Even with Teague expressing his desire to play elsewhere to Hawks general manager Danny Ferry, the Hawks had to match the offer.

They didn’t have an experienced backup that could take over for Teague if he was allowed to go to Milwaukee. Veteran combo guard Lou Williams is coming back from a season-ending knee injury. First-round Draft pick Dennis Schroder is a prospect and not ready for a starting role as a rookie. And free agent guard Devin Harris, who started games in the backcourt with Teague last season, had already agreed to a three-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks (before both sides backed out of that deal when it was discovered that Harris would need surgery on his toe and be out of action potentially through training camp).

First-year Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer will have enough of a transition to deal with after coming over from the San Antonio Spurs, trying to make that move without an experienced point guard would only have made that process more difficult.

In Teague, Budenholzer has an experienced but still relatively young (25) point guard to run his system. Teague averaged 14.6 points and a career-high 7.2 assists during the 2012-13 season, guiding the Hawks to their sixth straight playoff appearance under former Hawks — and now Bucks — coach Larry Drew.

Drew and the Bucks have a restricted point guard of their own to deal with in Brandon Jennings. There were rumblings that the Hawks and Bucks were engaged in discussions about a restricted free agent point guard swap of sorts, but those talks clearly never reached the serious enough stage for the two teams to work anything out.

While the Bucks continue to ponder what they’ll do with Jennings, the Hawks’ decision on Teague has been made. He’ll continue in his capacity as the starting point guard for the team that selected him with the 19th pick in the 2009 Draft.


  1. theholyspectator says:

    hawks gonna be trash for another season again

  2. guy from oz says:

    yes hawks you did the right thing in signing teauge lets see if we can get jennings to the hawks as well and look at a centre to help horford

  3. RA says:

    It’s hilarious how people can be appreciated so much more after their gone than they were when they were there. For ten years Atlanta fans did nothing but bash Josh Smith, and now the team doesn’t get to the playoffs without him? Please! Josh Smith was a great athlete, and if you put a smart players brain in his body, you’d have a great player. That’s been the knock on him since he got drafted, it’s why he’s not an all star, and it’s what’s going to drive Piston fans crazy. Or, he’ll put it all together and be the player that we waited a decade for him to become. Either way, his time in Atlanta was done. As for Teague, smartest move Ferry could have made. There was NOTHING in Milwaukee worth trading Teague for, and it would have been the height of dumbness to let the most experience point guards (and the 3rd or 4rth best PG in the East walk with nothing in return except cap space that they don’t need. As for Ferry, well, he’s done about all he can do. If Howard comes to Atlanta, Ferry’s the second coming, but guess what, he could hold a gun to his head and make him sign with the Hawks. (As far as I’m concerned, good riddance. Another head case is NOT what this team needs.) Will this team challenge for the Eastern Conference, no. Will they get to the playoffs, maybe, but one things for sure, the guys that are left are going to work hard and play smart basketball. That’s all I want for next season, and I think it’s all that can be reasonably expected.

  4. John says:

    With the addition of Paul Millsap, their playoff candidacy could simply be determined by the health of Lou Williams.

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  6. OctoPPus says:

    Atlanta won’t make it even to playoffs right now w/out J Smith ….

  7. John says:

    The point that Atlanta doesn’t seem to get, though they are acting completely within their rights, is that the Hawks are a mess right now and have been underachieving for years. Their GM has no idea how to build a winning team, and that is why players don’t want to keep wasting away, especially a young player like Teague.

  8. Rico says:

    Seems like Atlanta loves to do these kind of things to their players. First it was Josh now it’s Jeff..

  9. Kirk says:

    Can restricted free agents, like Teague, be traded after signing a qualifying offer?

  10. josh says:

    Oh how different the Bucks may have been if Bogut hadn’t had that nasty floor… I feel for them as they just may had been able to draw in a few stars and build for a deep playoff run…

  11. J says:

    damn I just put Teague on the bucks and harris on mavs on nba2k13 now I gotta put them back where they where
    anyone with me?!?!?!?

  12. John says:

    Jennings is restricted but if he wanted to become an unrestricted free agent he can sign a one year deal overseas and then come back e following year as an unrestricted free agent when more teams have bigger cap room to sign him for a bigger multi million dollar deal much more than what he will get if he signs this season

    • dmh says:

      It doesn’t work that way. If he went overseas…. He would still be restricted when he came back. (See Josh Childress) The only way that the restricted status goes away is if the team that the restricted status belongs to rescinds the qualifying offer that is needed to put a player under RFA. His only option if he wants unrestricted free agency is to accept the qualifying offer and play out the rest of that rookie deal as is.

  13. Lakers4life says:

    Sekou why aren’t you talking about the Cavaliers? They have a good starting lineup. They also got Andrew Bynum.

    • Audi says:

      Cause they don’t know how Bynum will play out. The Cavs starting lineup may look nice on paper but Bynum hasn’t played in year

  14. Dean says:

    Didn’t he tell management he did not want to return? I have a feeling the Bucks will be trying to get him via trade, probably Jennings and a draft pick. This is why Jennings was smart and plans to opt in, he doesn’t want to be stuck on another team for 3 or 4 years. I never understood players signing long term contracts when they are restricted, especially if they absolutely want to leave.