For most of the 2016 season it was pretty clear that the Atlanta Hawks were going to be forced to make a decision between Jeff Teague and Dennis Schröder. According to a report by The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Teague felt it also and along with his agent asked Mike Budenholzer and Wes Wilcox at the end of the season to help facilitate a deal where both sides could move on.
"I knew that it was coming to an end," Teague, 28, told The Vertical. "I could feel it. I knew they were going into a different direction and could tell it wasn't with me. But I accepted it."
Teague admitted to Wojnarowski that the time share at point guard with Schröder made the season more difficult and that he felt that they they could have played together more often. But he again praised the Hawks, Budenholzer and the fans at Philips Arena but now has his eyes set on his hometown Pacers.
During the season we talked about this summer being pivotal in the reshaping of this Hawks team. That has proven to be correct with the departures of Teague along with Al Horford.
For Teague it is a classy exit. He clearly wasn’t happy sitting on the bench watching Schröder play but he never complained publicly and never rocked the boat. That speaks to his respect for Budenholzer and for what he has built in Atlanta. It is going to be quite different next season seeing Jeff Teague in anything other than a Hawks jersey.