The Milwaukee Bucks have signed Atlanta's restricted free-agent point guard Jeff Teague to a 4 year/ $32 million dollar offer sheet, which, according to Sports Illustrated, Teague does not expect the Hawks to match. As of now, I think this might be the best deal of free agency.
The twenty-five-year-old Teague is widely considered a major breakout candidate for the upcoming season, and parallels are being drawn to Mike Conley's emergence the last few seasons. Last year, Teague produced 14.6 points, 7.2 assists, and 1.5 steals in 33 minutes of play while shooting 45% from the field, 36% from three, and 88% from the line.
To put in perspective how solid that is, here are the only other guards to produce those numbers in points and assists while shooting that well from the field and three: Steve Nash (x8), Chris Paul (x5), Deron Williams (x2), and Sam Cassell.
The day the Jazz drafted Trey Burke, I was as excited as the rest of Jazzdom. Still am. I anticipate Burke becoming a very solid point guard, possible even a borderline all-star. Even so, I would have traded him straight up for Jeff Teague; now that Teague has signed a contract for $8 million a year for four years, I would jump at the chance.
What say the rest of you? Would you swap Burke for Teague? Would you have done so on draft night?