Celtics To Sign Jeff Teague

The Celtics are signing veteran point guard Jeff Teague to a one-year deal, a league source tells Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe (Twitter link).

The move comes on the heels of a report that former Celtics point guard Brad Wanamaker has reached an agreement to sign Golden State. Teague, a former All-Star, figures to play a similar role to the one Wanamaker played in 2019/20, serving as the primary backup for Kemba Walker.

Teague, 32, averaged just 24.8 minutes per contest this past season – his lowest mark since 2010/11 – in 59 total games for the Timberwolves and Hawks. However, he was still relatively productive, averaging 10.9 PPG and 5.2 APG with a .436/.368/.873 shooting line on the season.

A few weeks before reaching free agency, Teague spoke to Michael Scotto of HoopsHype about his priorities, indicating that – after spending last season with two lottery-bound teams – he wasn’t eager to join another rebuilding team.

“Honestly, I just want to go to a team where we’re playing to win. I want to win,” Teague said at the time. “… If that’s starting or coming off the bench, I just want to play a significant role in winning. That’s really it for me. I know if I get a chance to play and compete, I’m going to play well. I’m not really worried about an exact situation, or I need to be able to start or whatever.”

He’ll get a chance to play for a winning team in Boston, as the Celtics look to make another deep playoff run after earning a spot in the Eastern Finals in three of the last four seasons.

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25 thoughts on “Celtics To Sign Jeff Teague

      • Lionel Muggeridge

        Better than Wanamaker. Their bench was a big problem last year

    • Otogar

      He didn’t help the Wolves too much. Possibly a back-up role fits him better at this point of his career.

  1. Simmons>Russ

    Great deal for Celtics

    1. Walker. Teague
    2. Smart. Langford
    3. Brown. Nesmith
    4. Tatum. GWilliams
    5. Thompson. Theis

    I think they could go all the way

    • OrienGreene

      Lakers, Nets, Heat are all going to be tough, but they will be in the mix.

      That’s a good team.

    • Simmons>Russ

      Lakers no doubt will be tough, Nets will no doubt have chemistry issues and injuries, Heat are nice and all but I think Celtics get past them.

      As for a thin bench hahaha, Teague is a former all star dude can run a second unit nicely, Thies was a solid starter last season, Grant Williams looks to be improving well, Nesmith was the best shooter in the draft, and Langford apparently is a very nice defender but haven’t seen much.
      Either way that starting 5 is really tough

      • Little_Dunker_45

        The talent is clearly there. Now it is on Brad to unlock the killer instinct, close some games. I love the guy but that really needs to improve, and will be damning if he can’t unlock it with this squad another year. Can’t have Smart be the only one who cares.

  2. KnickerbockerAl

    Good move solid vet. I’ll take Teague and Thompson over Hayward. I’m not even a Celts fan. Two heads are better than one. Still can use a rim protector

    • Chris_Favreau

      Theis and Time Lord… specially Time Lord, are already very solid rim protectors.

  3. DynamiteAdams

    Dang I wanted the sixers to get him. Assuming they don’t make a trade I’d like them to get one more pg/so that can handle the ball.

  4. CHARLIE NAPIERKOWSKI

    Very good deal for the Celtics it looks like Ainge is making up from his miskate

  5. Sillivan

    IMO
    Wannamaker is a better defender than Teague
    Offense is comparable.

    For Now
    Celtics bench is a bit better than 76ers

    Regular Season Tier 1 —-
    Bucks
    Nets
    Heat

    Tier 2
    Celtics
    76ers
    Raptors
    Pacers

    East is good, but West is still better.

    • Lionel Muggeridge

      What’s so good about the Celtics bench? Teague, Theis? Who else?

      • mumsy01

        Robert Williams is a very nice rotation piece. Excellent defender and athletic. Also Kanter is back too.

        • Little_Dunker_45

          The bench has all solid role players, all rookies from last year one year older and playoff experience under their belt. Hopefully a chip on their shoulder looking to make a run. Sixers will be playing together as a squad for the first time, have some gelling to do.

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