Jeff Teague's name has been tossed around in trade rumors quite a bit lately as the Atlanta Hawks look to shake things up. They've gone 4-6 in their last 10 games and 6-9 in January, following a season in which they finished with a franchise-best 60-22 record.
A potential deal between the two middling teams could benefit both squads, as the Hawks (27-22) are currently three-and-a-half games away from being out of a playoff position, while the Jazz (21-25) are trailing the eighth-seeded Portland Trail Blazers by just half a game.
Expediting Atlanta's urgency to re-establish Eastern Conference relevance are their ever-growing issues at the wing positions. They're shooting 33.9 percent from 3-point land (20th in the league) and the PER of key cogs - such as Kent Bazemore (14.6), Thabo Sefolosha (13.2), and Kyle Korver (9.5) - are lower than several of the team's second- and third-string players.
Leveraging Teague, who was an All-Star last year, as a central piece in any potential deal figures to provide the Jazz with what they sorely lack: an experienced veteran floor general capable of scoring at will and facilitating for others.
Although the 27-year-old Wake Forest alumnus is having a statistical down year by his own standards - 14.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 5.5 assists - he's shooting 38.2 percent from beyond the arc and his 1.3 steals per game has helped the Hawks earn the No. 3 spot in the NBA in team steals.
Should the Hawks bid farewell to Teague, they'd likely promote Dennis Schroder to starting point guard. The 22-year-old German's PER is virtually identical to Teague's and his overall stats are just slightly lower despite playing seven fewer minutes per game.