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Written by Ben Pfeifer
Today a 3 team trade was performed with the Pacers, Hawks, and Jazz. The Pacers received Jeff Teague, the Jazz got George Hill, and the Hawks got the 12 overall pick. I will be discussing the winners and losers of the trade and my general opinions.
Rumors have been swirling for a while that the Pacers would try to trade for Teague, and today Larry Bird has done just that. In exchange for George Hill, the Pacers get an all-star guard. The Pacers are the big winners of this deal. Teague was unhappy with his situation in Atlanta and in Indy, he is in the perfect situation. He has never played with a superstar, and could be a perfect compliment to Paul George. Last season, Teague averaged 16 points, 5 assists, and 40% from beyond the arc. Paul George needs a compliment and no one else averaged over 13 points or 4 assists besides George. This could be the move that gets the Pacers over the hump.
Jeff Teague was unhappy with his situation in Atlanta. Dennis Schröder was starting to look like he was going to the future at point for the Hawks. Schroder is incredibly talented, and has a lot of potential in this league; it makes sense that the Hawks would trade Teague for a useful asset, which is the 12 pick in the upcoming draft. This upcoming draft is loaded with talent, so at 12 the Hawks can definitely draft someone who will make an impact. A few possibilities are: Wade Baldwin IV, Timothe Luwawu, or Deyonta Davis. Baldwin is a big combo guard who can be great for the Hawks, Luwawu is a great two-way player, and Davis is a very promising power forward for Atlanta’s future front court.
I think all three teams really won this trade, but if I had to pick one loser it would be the Jazz, simply because Hill was the worst of the three dealings. That said, this is still a good trade. The Jazz are desperate for point guard stability, and Hill is just that. Hill isn’t great, but he is a solid player that is a leader and a pass first player. With Dante Exum, Trey Burke, and Raul Neto not being consistent Hill could be the answer that the Jazz need. The Jazz clearly are in a position to win now, and this trade gives them a pretty good chance in an ultra-competitive Western Conference.