The 2013 NBA Free Agency period has already been incredibly eventful for the Milwaukee Bucks. After seeing Monta Ellis deny their offer, they have been aggressive in their pursuit of a number of bigger-named free-agents. On Wednesday night it seems like they may have finally landed one of them.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, restricted free-agent point guard Jeff Teague and the Bucks reached a deal on an offer sheet that would reportedly pay Teague $32 million over four years. Obviously with his status as a restricted free-agent, though, the Atlanta Hawks will still have the opportunity to match the Bucks’ offer over the next three days.
If the Hawks choose not to match the offer, Teague will rejoin his coach from last season with Atlanta in Larry Drew. More than that, the Bucks, a team that seems to be in the process of rebuilding a more stable core for their franchise, will add a terrific young point guard and it would seem to signify that Brandon Jennings will join Ellis on his way out the door in Milwaukee.
With Atlanta last season, Teague played in 80 games and saw the floor for 32.9 minutes per game. He averaged 14.6 points, 7.2 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game on 45.1 percent shooting and 35.9 percent three-point shooting. He also showed a ton of growth in terms of his ability to make plays and lead a team.
One of the things that would be enormous for the Bucks if they are able to land Teague is how the arrival of the new point guard would affect the development of talented young center Larry Sanders. Sanders made great strides last season in improving his offensive game last season and that would only continue when playing with a guard that’s a higher quality passer and less of a shoot-first guard than Jennings or Ellis.
There’s no telling if the Hawks will match the offer sheet or if they plan to go in another direction. However, it is clear that the Bucks are looking to move in a completely different direction. Teague would be a fantastic start to them doing that.