Pacers acquire Jeff Teague from Hawks in 3-way trade

Feb 5, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Indiana Pacers guard George Hill (3) defends Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague (0) in the first quarter at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 5, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Indiana Pacers guard George Hill (3) defends Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague (0) in the first quarter at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Earlier this afternoon, Larry Bird made the first off-season move for Nate McMillian’s roster.  The Pacers traded George Hill to Utah Jazz and received Jeff Teague from Atlanta in a 3-way trade.  Utah traded the #12 pick in the draft tomorrow to Atlanta.

I really like this trade alot. Yes George Hill was well liked here and a local product, but overall Jeff Teague can run the offense and get to the basket on his own that George Hill couldn’t do.  George Hill had a great 5 seasons here with the Pacers but Hill was playing out of his position.  Indiana lacked a true point guard year after year and didn’t have a true point guard since they drafted Jamal Tinsley in 2001.

Larry Bird looked over Jeff Teague in 2009 and drafted Tyler Hansborough….we all know how that turned out.  The trade can’t be official until the new league year starts.  It is expected that the Pacers will work out a long term extension with Jeff Teague to keep him in Indiana.  Thank you George Hill for your hard work and community involvement. Best of luck to George Hill in Utah !

Welcome back home Jeff Teague !

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