It was only a matter of time it seems before Jeff Teague re-joined his former coach Mike Budenholzer with the Milwaukee Bucks. Per Adrian Wojnarowski, the aged point guard is heading to Cream City:
Free agent guard Jeff Teague is signing with Milwaukee, sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 29, 2021
The veteran guard played with the Boston Celtics this season after signing their this offseason, and was shipped to Orlando as part of the Evan Fournier deal. It was swiftly reported Teague would be bought out and seeking gainful employment elsewhere within the Association. While he’s a career 35.9% 3-point shooter, Teague has shot up to 46.4% this season, although that’s on limited volume, just 1.6 attempts per game. So take it with a grain of salt. His assist percentage, 16.1%, is a considerable drop from even his previous career low for a season, 23.3%. So, Teague isn’t creating nearly as much, and wasn’t really asked to do too much of it given the Celtics had so many other capable ball handlers.
It’s a similar situation in Milwaukee, where he’ll likely be serving as a backup ball handler to fill the role vacated by D.J. Augustin. The one question is how much he’ll play, especially given he’s a former Bud player and we all know how Bud likes to play favorites. Eventually, P.J. Tucker will have to work his way back into the lineup, which we’ll have to see how that affects the minutes Bud hands out to guards like Bryn Forbes, Pat Connaughton, etc. given Bud would occasionally go with some guard-heavy lineups.
As a reminder, buyout players rarely, if ever, make a considerable impact on a team. There’s a reason they were expendable. With the additional likely signing of Austin Rivers, Horst has potentially settled on what this Bucks roster will be heading into the postseason. So, in totality, the P.J. Tucker trade essentially lost them D.J. Augustin and D.J. Wilson, and gave them Tucker, (maybe) Rivers and Teague. That’s a bit more depth, which I normally consider overrated, but could be abnormally useful this year given some of the COVID-19 precautions. Still, Horst opted to stick with a big rotation of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez, Bobby Portis and P.J. Tucker. They’re certainly pushing for more switchability at that position.
So, how does everyone else feel about Milwaukee’s marginal moves now that buyout season appears to have settled for this team, with the Rivers deal still up in the air of course. Let us know in the comments below.