Pacers PG Jeff Teague, who will be a free agent after the season, weighed in on his unfamiliarity with the Triangle.
"I never played in the triangle,'' Teague said, according to the NY Post. "I don't know too much about it - just from guarding it years in the past. So I recognize it.''
"Not really,'' Teague said when asked if it was difficult to guard. "I'm not saying you can't defend it. I think a player like Rose, it gives you a better chance of containing him."
Teague, 28, is averaging 15.1 points and 7.9 assists in 67 games this season for the Pacers.
"I think everybody loves New York,'' Teague said when asked about the possibility of joining the Knicks. "It's a great place to play."
Despite so much talent, Teague is still one of the more underrated point guards in the NBA. He has great leadership skills and commands an offense really well. The guy is a winner. He became an All-Star en route to leading the Hawks to the East's top seed back in 2015 and is averaging a career-high 7.9 assists in his first year with the Pacers.
There's a lot to like with Teague. Similarly to Derrick Rose, he's really strong when it comes to cutting through the lane, drawing fouls, and getting easy buckets. Whereas Rose is a former MVP due to his explosiveness, Teague is arguably more well rounded due to his unselfish nature and sound defensive fundamentals.
Teague would be a great candidate to run any offense across the league. There appears to be some amount of mutual interest between he and the Knicks. That could make it tempting for New York to go after him this coming summer. But they should proceed with caution, depending on the price.
This team needs to make changes. There needs to be an intense internal evaluation process. And that should include making a firm decision asserting that the team will be patient and allow their young prospects to grow.
The Knicks may not be poised to win the NBA Draft lottery, but this year's class is littered with intriguing floor generals from top to bottom. New York could still nab someone like Frank Ntilikina or Dennis Smith in the mid-to-lower lottery. Even Malik Monk has interesting potential as a combo guard. The list goes on.
That said, perhaps Teague is still worth consideration if he can be reeled in on some sort of bargain deal. For example, a $36 million, three year deal would allow the Knicks to maintain a decent amount of flexibility to embrace change and fill other holes. At that price, Teague could serve as a mentor for a rookie point guard and still make notable contributions (both as a starter and sixth man) while very much in his prime.
As skilled as he is, however, New York needs to keep in mind the main focus: remaining patient and allowing their youngsters to fully come into their own will lead to a more positive culture. This club needs a clear direction. At this point, Teague will only fit into that if the front office doesn't overpay or commit for too long. This is a very different time than when Teague was initially intrigued. Competing right away may not be a very realistic option.