Well, that was fast. Less than 3 hours after the Knicks released a statement announcing that Phil Jackson has left the team, we get this:
With Phil out & the triangle de-emphasized, there is mutual interest between PG Jeff Teague & NYK. More: https://t.co/kmM4zPC3Cj— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) June 28, 2017
In that link, Begley reminds us that prior to the Knicks’ hiring of Jackson, Steve Mills tried to trade for Jeff Teague. With that in mind, this rumor isn’t too surprising considering Mills is temporarily running the show again.
After spending the first 7 years of his career with the Atlanta Hawks, Teague was traded to the Indiana Pacers last summer. Teague started all 82 games for Indiana in the 2016-17 season and put up a 15/4/8 line in 32 minutes per game (thanks, basketball-reference!). Historically, Teague is a somewhat inefficient scorer who doesn’t take many three pointers, but he’s hit about 36% of those in his career, which isn’t bad. Nor is he the world’s most prolific passer, as he’s posted a career AST% of around 33.
Free agency unofficially starts in just 3 days, so we should have more clarity then.