Atlanta Hawks point guard Jeff Teague was believed to be coveted by the New York Kniks, according to ESPN's Marc Stein. (Maddie Meyer/NBAE/Getty Images)

NBA Trade Rumors: Knicks "Expected to Pass" on Hawks' Jeff Teague

Aren’t rumors funny, and yet at the same time stupid?

Yesterday, the New York Knicks were said to view Jeff Teague as their new emerging trade target to upgrade their horrible point guard play, and now reports from the New York Post suggest today that they’re “expected to pass” on the Atlanta Hawks’ young floor general.

First things first, let’s read that quote again: “expected to pass” … That’s hilarious. Did the Knicks actually think they had a shot at landing Teague? Hahahahahaaaaahhaha. I told you it was hilarious.

Lets be clear: the Knicks had absolutely no shot at landing Jeff Teague, at all.

It’s funny how that overrated franchise makes it seem like they could get any player they want, as if they have the option to make a deal go down in a New York minute but instead will opt to “pass” on one of the best young point guards in the game.

In reality, New York isn’t “passing” on Teague, they can’t afford him. He just signed a new four-year, $32 million contract with the Hawks in the offseason and still has three years left on the deal, which would cut into NY’s projected 2015 salary-cap space.

More than that, they don’t have the assets to make a trade with Atlanta in the first place. The only two pieces the Knicks have to offer, to anyone, is Iman Shumpert and Tim Hardaway Jr. Everyone else on their roster is a leper.

Hardaway Jr. is certainly more valuable to New York than Shumpert, so if they offered Shump, who went to college at Georgia tech, to Atlanta for Teague, it would be a start. However, the Hawks wouldn’t trade Teague straight up, even for Hardaway Jr., they would definitely want another player, draft pick(s) or cash included. The Knicks don’t have any of those to offer.

The best case scenario for New York to land Teague would be to get a third team into the mix to help sweeten the pot.

Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com offers a possible three-team trade including the Toronto Raptors, but that scenario would include Teague landing in Toronto, Shumpert in Atlanta and Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry in New York, which is a move the Knicks would prefer over Teague in NY.

Like all trade rumors, this is a fluid situation and shouldn’t be taken seriously. Is it possible trade talks could heat up before Thursday’s trade deadline? Sure, anything is possible, I suppose. But until then, it’s purely just speculation.

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