It wouldn't be surprising if the Knicks attempted to trade for Hawks PG Jeff Teague this summer, surmises Ian Begley of ESPN.
Teague, 27, averaged 15.7 points and 5.9 assists in 79 games this past regular season for the Hawks.
He's under contract for $8 million in 2016-17, after which he can become an unrestricted free agent.
Teague and Kristaps Porzingis share an agent in Andy Miller, but that's just the beginning of the synergies between the current Hawks point guard and New York.
The Knicks need a drive-and-kick player in the worst way as an upgrade to Jose Calderon and a possible complement to Jerian Grant. They need a quick, attacking guard who can get out in transition and get easy baskets for teammates. Last year the team finished 29th out of 30 teams in total transition points, total made field goals and scoring frequency. They were 28th in points per possession.
The Hawks, thanks to Teague, finished eighth in both total transition points and total field goals made and 13th in points per possession. All significant upgrades.
But do the Knicks have enough assets to secure Teague, a player who will certainly be coveted by teams who need a speedy guard?
Teague has leverage here, as Ohm Youngmisuk points out, with a reasonable contract ($8 million per year) that expires at the end of next season. Plus he knows the Hawks will have to make a decision on whether he or Dennis Schroder will be the quarterback going forward. In regards to Grant, it stands to reason the Knicks would most certainly have to include him in any deal for Teague from a talent perspective.
Would the Hawks consider a Grant/Calderon/pick swap for a player they may lose anyway? Do the Knicks just wait until free agency to pair Teague with Porzinigis, keep Grant, and let Calderon leave as a free agent?
Add this to the list of decisions Phil Jackson is going to have to make. If I'm Jackson I'd be inclined to monitor the situation very closely to start the season should Teague not be dealt during the offseason. But it seems a potential trade sooner rather than later is becoming more likely, putting the onus on Jackson to make a decision on filling a clear need for the Knicks heading into the 2016-17 campaign.