• Jeff Teague, Indiana Pacers
  • Unrestricted
  • Age: 28 (06/10/1988)
  • Career averages: 26.3 minutes, 12.2 points, 5.2 assists, 2.2 rebounds, 1.2 steals
  • Career slash line: .447/.350/.839

Jeff Teague had a horrible start with the Pacers, but he’s picked it up over the last eight games.

He’s still struggling terribly with the three-ball, but eventually, he’ll get his stroke back from downtown. Teague’s shot selection has a part in that.

Per NBA.com, Teague’s taken nearly as many threes off the bounce (29) as he has off the catch (33) while shooting a miserable percentage off the bounce (13.8%) and converting at an excellent rate off the catch (39.4%).

After being shipped out of Atlanta to clear the way for incumbent lead guard Dennis Schroder, Teague had plenty of pressure facing him replacing long-time starter George Hill in Indiana.

Hill (with the Pacers for five seasons) was shipped to Utah as part of the Teague trade. He’ll also be a free agent this summer.

The Pacers are likely to pursue Teague in free agency, and the 28-year-old was born and raised in Indiana. Prying him away could be difficult.

There were multiple reports last season that the Knicks were interested in Teague via trade, but nothing ever materialized. If that interest has sustained, Teague is a safer option than Rose long-term.

He won’t give you the same highlights, but you know you what you’re getting from him. And most importantly you can probably get him for less than the max.

Chip Murphy covers the NBA for Elite Sports NY. You can find him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy.

I'm ESNY's Executive Editor for EliteSportsNY.com. I cover the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Email: chip.murphy@elitesportsny.com Chip Murphy covers the NBA for Elite Sports NY. You can find him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy.