Point guard George Hill will go from the Pacers to the Jazz, and Utah will send the No. 12 pick in Thursday’s draft to Atlanta.
Sources tell ESPN’s Marc Stein that the Hawks plan to shop the No. 12 as well as the 21st overall pick in Thursday night’s draft, in hopes of creating further financial flexibility that would allow them to re-sign big man Al Horford and swingman Kent Bazemore.
The Hawks want to hang onto both players and know Horford and Bazemore will receive significant interest from other teams. ESPN reported earlier Wednesday that the Orlando Magic, Detroit Pistons andLos Angeles Lakers are among the teams that plan to pursue Horford once free agency starts July 1.
Teague revealed earlier this month in an Instagram post that he later deleted that he played the entire 2015-16 season with a torn patellar tendon in his knee and “could barely jump or stop.”
He did not require surgery following an MRI taken after the Hawks were eliminated from the postseason, a source told ESPN’s Mike Mazzeo.
Teague, 27, appeared in 79 regular-season games in 2015-16, averaging 15.7 points and 5.9 assists while shooting 43.9 percent from the field and 40 percent from 3-point range. But in 10 playoff games, he shot just 38 percent from the field and 25 percent from 3-point range while averaging 14.5 points and 6.1 assists.
Hill, 30, averaged 12.1 points and 3.4 assists in 74 regular-season games last season. He averaged 13.6 points and 2.1 assists in the Pacers’ seven-game playoff loss to the Toronto Raptors.
Teague and Hill are both scheduled to make $8 million next season, after which they will become unrestricted free agents.
The trade of Teague appears to put Dennis Schroder, 22, in line to start at point guard for the Hawks. Schroder declared after the Hawks were eliminated from the playoffs that he wanted to be a starting point guardnext season.
In the Hawks’ Game 4 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Schroder finished with 21 points, 13 coming in the fourth quarter, where he played while Teague sat on the bench. He was even the go-to option in the final minutes for the Hawks. It was his second outing of 20-plus points in the series. And he averaged 15.3 points and 4.8 assists in 20.3 minutes against Cleveland in the second round.
The Vertical first reported news of the trade.