Trey Burke Injury: Should Utah Jazz Really Be Targeting Marquis Teague?
According to multiple reports, Utah Jazz point guard Trey Burke has broken his right index finger. And in the wake of the bad news that surfaced during the team's preseason loss to the Clippers, ESPN's Marc Stein is reporting Utah may be interested in acquiring Chicago's Marquis Teague.
Hearing: Utah has previously shown trade interest in Bulls' Marquis Teague and could well revisit interest depending on Trey Burke timetable— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) October 13, 2013
As Stein says, this should depend on the timetable for Burke's recovery, which is something we should learn more about on Monday.
Jazz are scheduled to find out Monday if fractured finger suffered by Rookie of the Year contender Trey Burke tonight will require surgery— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) October 13, 2013
But even if Burke's finger does require surgery, putting him on the shelf for a couple months, does it really make sense for the Jazz to go after Teague?
In terms of physical tools, sure. Teague may only be 6'2", but his 6'7" wingspan gives him solid size for a point guard and his 40.5-inch vertical is evidence of his athleticism. But early in his career, there isn't much indication that he's more than an athlete.
Even with Derrick Rose sitting out the entire season, Teague managed to appear in just 48 games as a rookie, averaging 8.2 minutes and 2.1 points on 38.1 percent shooting. And his college averages of 10 points and 4.8 assists won't blow you away either.
Do the Jazz really want to surrender any of their assets for this kind of project when they already have so many on the roster? I'm not even sure giving up a future draft pick would be worth it. Right now, Utah has an impressive stockpile of those, and they can be used to trade up in next summer's star-studded NBA draft.
Should the Jazz go after Marquis Teague?
To me, the best option is to roll with John Lucas III and Scott Machado. The team knew this would be a rocky year anyway, and Lucas has actually outperformed Burke during the preseason. Machado has looked solid as well.
Like most Jazz fans, I'm hoping Burke's injury is a minor one and that he can back on the court in a few weeks. If not, adding Teague potentially compounds the problem.
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