Jeff Teague is reportedly moving on from the Indiana Pacers after only one season.
Teague had a strong year for Indiana. He averaged 15.3 points and a career-high 7.8 assists, and according to NBA.com, Indiana was 4.1 points better per 100 possessions when the veteran point guard was on the floor.
Mark Montieth of the team’s official website argued in April that Teague “delivered what should have been expected of him, and perhaps more.”
“He would have better stats if he hadn’t struggled early in the season while adjusting to playing in his hometown. Give him a mulligan for the first five games and he averaged 15.6 points while shooting 46 percent from the field and 38 percent from the 3-point line, along with 7.8 assists and just 2.6 turnovers.
“They traded for him and got what they should have expected out of him, so logically you would think they would like to have him back. Free agency can get complicated, however.”
From the Pacers’ perspective, Teague moving on may signal the start of a complete rebuild, especially if they eventually move Paul George. After the team’s first-round exit to the Cleveland Cavaliers, it became readily apparent how far away from title contention Indiana was.
Meanwhile, the Timberwolves are getting one of the better point guards on the market.
Teague was among the group of free agents feasibly available this offseason—with George Hill, Kyle Lowry and Jrue Holiday among the others—which isn’t to say Teague is the perfect guard.
After connecting on 40.0 percent of his three-point attempts in 2015-16, his three-point percentage fell to 35.7 percent—only 0.2 percent off his career average—this past season. According to NBA Math, Teague‘s minus-26.54 defensive points saved were 11th on the team as well.
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