The Hawks traded for Jeff Teague earlier today, adding a veteran presence to their second unit. Discussing the trade with Chris Kirschner of The Athletic , general manager Travis Schlenk said the franchise had been targeting the point guard since the beginning of the season and has interest in bringing back Teague in free agency after the campaign.
“That was one of the areas going into the summer that we knew we were going to have to address is point guard,” Schlenk said. “This is a great opportunity to have a dress rehearsal to see how it goes. We are hopeful. We think Jeff has a lot of good basketball left in him. We’re going to see how it goes, but in a perfect world, it would be a great scenario.”
Atlanta thought it had an answer for the back-up point guard position when it swapped Kent Bazemore for Evan Turner over the summer, but the move hasn’t worked out, as Turner has dealt with Achilles pain throughout the season. With the Teague addition, coach Lloyd Pierce has an answer for an area of his rotation that was a major question mark all season long.
Schlenk expects Teague and franchise point guard Trae Young to share the floor at times. Getting Young reps without the ball is something that the team has already been working on, using Kevin Huerter as a ball-handler on occasions.
The Hawks are not done dealing. While they are not in the Andre Drummond sweepstakes, they are expected to continue to parse the market for opportunities. Schlenk said the team’s focus is on adding “good players that we think can be with us past this season.” Dewayne Dedmon and Steven Adams are centers who could fill a void for Atlanta.