Jeff Teague will be back in Atlanta next season.
The Hawks matched the four-year, $32 million offer sheet he signed with the Milwaukee Bucks earlier this week.
Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution was the first to report the news via twitter:
Hawks will match the offer sheet to Jeff Teague. Back in Atlanta. #ATLHawks
— Chris Vivlamore (@ajchawks) July 13, 2013
The Hawks organization also issued a news release to make the announcement official.
“We are happy to bring Jeff back to our team. He has improved each year of his career and continues to get better,” President of Basketball Operations/GM Danny Ferry said. “At 25, he’s already been a key contributor on a playoff team and we look forward to seeing him develop into even more of a leader on our team.”
New Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer seems legitimately happy to have Teague as his point guard:
“I am very excited to have the opportunity to coach Jeff. He has a high level of talent. Keeping him with our group allows us to continue to build and improve going forward,” Budenholzer said.
Milwaukee and new coach Larry Drew, who previously coached the Hawks for the past three seasons, were rumored to have been recruiting Teague since day one of free agency. Those rumors turned out to be true, and the Bucks made their final pitch earlier this week when they extended an offer sheet to the four-year point guard. With his frustration building up towards the Hawks organization, Teague signed Milwaukee’s offer sheet and even said he was ready to “move on” from Atlanta.
However, that won’t be happening. Teague is staying put in Atlanta. For now.
The Wake Forest alum was selected 19th overall by the Hawks in the 2009 NBA Draft and has career averages of 9.0 points and 4.0 assists in 22.6 minutes per game, while shooting .451 percent from the field. In his post-season career, the former Demon Deacon played in 29 games (18 starts) and averaged 9.4 points and 3.0 assists in 25.3 minutes per game, while posting a .409 shooting percentage.
Teague has increased his scoring and assist averages in three consecutive years, recording career-highs of 14.6 points and 7.2 assists in 32.9 minutes per game last season. His mark of 7.2 assists per game ranked 12th in the NBA last season, and his .881 free-throw percentage was good for 8th highest in the league.
Teague is just one of just 10 players to increase their scoring average in each of the past three seasons.
Hawks fans should be happy he’s back in the ATL.