Atlanta Hawks Made Mistake Not Re-Signing Jeff Teague Sooner

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The Atlanta Hawks had a chance to get Jeff Teague locked down last offseason when his value wasn’t as high. Atlanta decided to wait and now they are likely going to pay for it as Teague becomes a restricted free agent.

He averaged a career-high 14.6 points and 7.2 assists a game for the Hawks this past season and now Atlanta may be forced to pay a much-higher price to keep Teague in town.

Teague made a very respectable $2.4 million this season. I would think that he is going to get close to double that amount now, if not more. We also don’t know if other teams will make it nearly impossible for the Hawks to match any offer. I could see another team making an offer that has a huge final-year salary that could cripple Atlanta going forward.

Atlanta is going to be forced to play the waiting game during free agency. The team is likely going to lose Josh Smith and they can’t afford to lose Teague as well. This isn’t going to be fun for Atlanta to figure out, because it could mean the difference between making the playoffs again next season or slipping into mediocrity.

I’m sure the Hawks don’t want that to happen considering how far they got this season. I see Teague signing a deal that is four years for around $25 million, and I’m not positive that the Hawks are going to want to pay it or any more than that.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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