Despite Jeff Teague's request for the Atlanta Hawks to not match the offer sheet from the Milwaukee Bucks for the restricted free agent, he will be back in A-Town next season.
UPDATE, Saturday, July 13, at 6:36 p.m. ET by Eric Ball
According to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Hawks have made a decision regarding Teague:
Hawks will match the offer sheet to Jeff Teague. Back in Atlanta. #ATLHawks— Chris Vivlamore (@ajchawks) July 13, 2013
Ken Berger of CBS Sports confirms the report and offers an explanation as to why the Hawks matched:
League source confirms @ajchawks report that the Hawks will match Milwaukee's offer sheet for restricted free agent Jeff Teague.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) July 13, 2013
Atlanta front office decided two days ago it would match the four-year, $32M offer for Teague, league source says.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) July 13, 2013
The Hawks' intention all along was to keep Teague, not sign-and-trade him to the Bucks, source says.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) July 13, 2013
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According to C.F. Garnder of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Teague has reportedly signed an offer sheet with the Milwaukee Bucks:
Bucks officials confirm RFA Jeff Teague has signed a four-year, $32 million offer sheet. Atlanta will have three days to match offer.— cfgardner (@cf_gardner) July 11, 2013
The Hawks will have three days to match the four-year, $32 million-plus offer to keep Teague in town.
Teague doesn’t seem too disappointed about the situation, either.
It's a blessing all I can do is thank god— Jeff Teague (@Teague0) July 11, 2013
The 25-year-old point guard has been a crucial component to Atlanta’s success the last two years. The 19th overall pick in the 2009 draft, the Wake Forest product averaged 14.6 points and 7.2 assists last season. If Atlanta opts to let Teague walk, it will lose its most consistent backcourt scorer on the roster.
For Milwaukee, Teague would help fill the void left by Monta Ellis’ departure, while the Hawks have been rumored to be interested in Ellis, per Marc Stein of ESPN.
That is all, of course, contingent upon the Hawks' coming decision on Teague.
One interesting scenario some thought might play out was a deal between the Bucks and Hawks involving Teague and fellow restricted free agent Brandon Jennings, per Stein. But with Teague eyeing the Bucks’ offer sheet, that scenario would be entirely off the table.
Atlanta could still sign Jennings outright should it choose to make an offer, but there have been no substantial rumors involving that possibility to this point.