Jeff Teague trade would be a mistake76ers, BREAKING NEWS, News Friday, June 3rd, 2016
Could the first move by new Sixers general manager Bryan Colangelo be in the works? According to multiple NBA sources, the Sixers and Hawks are discussing a trade that would send center Nerlens Noel for veteran point guard Jeff Teague. It’s also been reported that the Sixers would be including additional players in the deal, linking shooting guard Nik Stauskas and forward Robert Covington as those players.
Let’s start with what the Sixers would be getting in Jeff Teague. An immediate solution to the point guard position, Teague is a career 12.1 points per game player while averaging 5.2 assists and 2.2 rebounds. Teague has improved his statistics the last four seasons, averaging 15.7 points per game, 6.7 assists and 2.5 rebounds during that time. While he has increased his numbers as both a scorer and distributor, he has struggled to improve as a legit NBA defender.
The current Atlanta Hawk will be 28 years old when the 2016-2017 NBA season tips off. Jeff Teague has one year left on his current contract before becoming an unrestricted free agent. Translation, if the Sixers were to indeed make this deal, Teague would likely receive a max contract and cement himself as the starting point guard for the Sixer for the next five to six seasons.
Teague is a player that would fit a need at point guard but his max potential has likely been reached. On the other hand, Nerlens Noel has yet to reach his ceiling, although there is concern with how he fits with the crowded front court that is the Sixers dilemma. If Noel is the big man to be moved, simply getting a player like Jeff Teague in return is not equal value, especially considering the Sixers are reportedly willing to add additional assets to get the deal done.
The Sixers have made it known that they are willing to move some of their front court depth for starting back court help. The challenge for Colangelo will be making a deal that improves the Sixers long term and not one that simply fills a position of need with a “serviceable” player like Jeff Teague.
All things considered, this deal for the Sixers appears to be lopsided, and not in the favor of the Sixers. The Sixers could go the route of signing a free agent point guard for a two year contract and focus on drafting their point guard of the future whether it’s this year or with the 2017 draft that is projected to have better talent at the guard position.
Say what you want about the job that ex-GM Sam Hinkie did during his tenure in Philadelphia, but every trade that he made felt like the Sixers came away victorious. The trade with the Hawks as it’s been reported would not be a win-win situation for the Sixers, and hopefully it’s a mere discussion between two NBA teams that never becomes finalized.
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