Atlanta Hawks: Resigning Jeff Teague Should Be Next Priority

By A.J. Speier
Jeff Teague
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Heading into the offseason, the Atlanta Hawks‘ biggest priority was to find a player who could play opposite Al Horford in their front court.

Despite allowing Josh Smith to leave via free agency and coming up short to the Houston Rockets in signing Dwight Howard, the Hawks were still able to complete their goal by signing former Utah Jazz power forward Paul Millsap to a two-year, $19 million deal.

With the front court seemingly set as far as starters go, the biggest question mark for the Hawks is to determine who the best player available is to control their offense. Head coach Mike Budenholzer has yet to specify what his offensive system will be, but one would believe that he is looking for a Tony Parker-type of player to lead it.

The Hawks retained the rights to restricted free agent Jeff Teague by giving him a qualifying offer before free agency began, but have yet to start negotiating on a new contract. So far, the only team to show interest in Teague is the Milwaukee Bucks, who currently have a restricted free agent of their own in Brandon Jennings.

Almost a week into free agency, the Hawks have limited options to choose from with just Jennings, Teague and Mo Williams as the remaining starting-caliber point guards on the market. Darren Collison just signed with the Los Angeles Clippers and Devin Harris signed with the Dallas Mavericks.

Teague is a quick and athletic point guard, who will likely receive an offer from the Hawks or another team sooner rather than later. He averaged 14.6 points and 7.2 assists last season

If the Hawks decided not to resign Teague, they did select Germany’s Dennis Schroeder in the first round of this year’s NBA Draft, but he isn’t considered to be ready to start in the NBA just yet.

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