Former All Star Jeff Teague has signed with the Boston Celtics after becoming a free agent following the 2019-20 NBA season. Teague was signed to the Timberwolves previously for 3 seasons before being traded to Atlanta at the fag end of their 2019-20 season.
The Celtics will sign Jeff Teague to a one-year deal, according to a league source.
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Jeff Teague has not been in good nick over the past 2 seasons. During his Timberwolves tenure, Teague was at his best when Jimmy Butler was still on the team and playing at a high level. The imminent threat of Butler attacking the rim and earning free throws granted him the spacing he needs to be a good shooter.
Teague’s playmaking has always been suspect, with many accusing the point guard of over-dribbling the ball despite no need for it. However, under coach Brad Stevens, we can expect to see a change. Stevens has been successful in making even the likes of Kyrie Irving unselfish off-ball players.
Teague joins Tristan Thompson as the Celtics’ new free agent signings over this offseason.
How do the Boston Celtics look with Jeff Teague and Tristan Thompson on the roster?
Given Daniel Theis’ surprisingly effective season as a roll man as well as floor spacer, the German forward-center can expect to retain his starting berth over Tristan Thompson. Brad Stevens likes his big men to be skilled in multiple areas, and Theis fits that bill better than Thompson.
Jeff Teague, too, is no match for Kemba Walker in the fight for a starting berth. Walker made the All Star game for a 4th season in a row with a pretty good first season for the Celtics. Although he was not as good as advertised in the playoffs, the stage will have lit a fire under Walker to improve himself.
In all probability, the Celtics will be looking to sign a 3-and-D shooter next. The likes of Semi Ojeleye haven’t proved their worth to the team on the offensive end.
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