The Brooklyn Nets acquired point guard Marquis Teague from the Chicago Bulls Saturday in exchange for Toko Shengelia. The latter was acquired by the Nets in the 2012 NBA Draft from the Philadelphia 76ers. He has spent a majority of time playing in the NBA D-League, but has played in 17 games this season for the Nets. Brooklyn has no use for him which is why the trade makes perfect sense.
Acquiring Teague allows the Nets to give Shaun Livingston a bit of a rest and gives Brooklyn someone who can handle the ball. This season, Teague has split time between the Bulls and the D-League. With the Bulls, he has played in 16 games and is averaging a mere 2.4 points and 1.5 assists per game. Teague will bring knowledge of point guard play for Brooklyn who is using Livingston, a shooting guard, to fill in for Deron Williams while he rests his ankle.
Livingston is averaging 24.4 minutes per game, his most since playing in 54 games for the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2006-07 season. He is becoming one of the most important players on the team, especially with Williams being as fragile as he has been in his career. He is also averaging 7.3 points and 3.2 assists per game.
If Teague can become the player he was projected to be and provide great backup play, Brooklyn may have gotten a great steal in this trade.
The Nets are 16-22, four games back in the Atlantic Division behind the Toronto Raptors.