The Marquis Teague era in Chicago is over. Long live the Marquis Teague era.
The Chicago Bulls traded Teague to the Brooklyn Nets for someone named Toko Shengalia. According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, the trade will save the Bulls $285,848 this season and $600,000 next season. Shengalia is a free agent at the end of the season.
Oddly enough, as Johnson points out, Teague will still be with the team for a
couple of more games. Because the league office will be closed through Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, Teague was still with the team in its blowout victory Saturday night over the Philadelphia 76ers and will be, through the holiday.
Was it worth it to deal Teague away? I’m not sure.
His contract certainly isn’t burdensome (although the penny-pinching Bulls front office may beg to differ).
He’s still really, really young, and with the Bulls going into pseudo-rebuild mode, a young, talented player on a cheap contract isn’t something to overlook.
Still, in his short time in Chicago, Teague showed very little on the court. The Bulls are apparently trying to maximize cap space for the offseason in hopes of bringing over Nikola Mirotic and reshaping the team, and they’re not losing any on-court production by trading him.
In the end, it probably won’t make a huge difference for the Bulls or Nets.