Jeff Teague of the Atlanta Hawks could be that missing piece in the New York Knicks’ quest for a formidable point guard. Both teams have engaged themselves in a very early groundwork dialogue for Teague’s approaching free agency this summer, as reported by the New York Post.
Teague’s numbers no longer matched his output for last year, according to Basketball Reference. He is now close to 14.3 points and 5.6 assists while shooting just 41 percent from the field. Twenty-two-year-old Dennis Schrder, despite not posting the much higher statistics ? according to NBA with 10.8 points and 4.7 assists ? has lately been in the good graces of Hawks coach and president Mike Budenholzer.
The Teague-Schrder tandem, as mentioned in Forbes, has created an impasse for both players as Budenholzer’s court method calls for an assertive “floor general.” The former Wake Forest standout has no longer been his All-Star self like last season and has been playing hurt with a chronic ankle injury, which has sidelined him already for three games, according to SB Nation.
Such a summary can still be sweet music for the city of Big Apple especially with an aging and highly-disdained Jose Calderon playing the second coach on the floor, and rookie Jerian Grant still a long work in progress. Teague can dance around Kristaps Porzingis, and Robin Lopez towers for the effective maypole, dishing or slashing his way to the rim.
However, the Knicks have no draft picks to trade Atlanta as they have already surrendered all of these, reportedly due to mismanagement in the past. The Knicks eventually could offer a trade plate that involves big man Kevin Seraphin and Kyle O’ Quinn along with shooting guard Langston Galloway.
New York could build an offer centered on Jose Calderon and Langston Galloway or Jerian Grant, while also unloading a big man such as Kevin Seraphin or Kyle O’Quinn.