28 June 2012
And so they did.
The Bulls came into the night with many speculations that they would ship off All-Star Luol Deng to a team like the Golden State Warriors in-return for a lottery pick. As always fans still churned out Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah trade scenarios too. But, tonight was all about sticking with the team and adding just one guy. Marquis Teague.
The 6-foot-2 long athletic point guard was targeted from the beginning of the pre-draft process by the Bulls once Derrick Rose's injury to his left ACL seemed detrimental to his status for the 2012-2013 season. With Teague, the Bulls now have a starting point guard for next season -- given C.J. Watson is waived, as expected -- and a solid back-up getting sixth-man minutes for years to come. Teague can score, flat-out score. His obscene quickness and ball-handling ability get him to the rim at will. (Something I noticed quickly watching him live at the Final Four.)
Marquis has a very similar play style to that of his brother, Jeff Teague, who was the starting point guard for the Atlanta Hawks this past season. Jeff's seemed to fit very well in the NBA. So, in mirror image, Marquis should as well.
Early this month I reported that Marquis Teague was a great "trade up and take scenario guy." We lucked out big with him falling to us late in the first round. In my original column, I expressed my comparison in situation between Marquis Teague and Darren Collison. Collison was drafted in '09 by the Hornets to solely be the long-term back-up for Chris Paul and eventually play up to 24 minutes a game off of the bench. That's exactly where I see Marquis fitting. His scoring ability and length will make it easy for him to be productive on offense along side Derrick Rose at times. However, when looking long-term, Teague fits on the team well and will.
I love the situation that GM Gar Forman has put us in. Teague won't be D-Rose but he'll be a suffieicint temporary replacement until Rose's return.
After any sort of pick-up in a draft or sign in free agency, every player's trade value is analyzed. Marquis has the potential to be a hot commodity in the trade market if that situation would come up. Darren Collison was included in a big trade with some decently sized big names after just one year in the league. Maybe Teague could be tossed in that direction. For now though, he's a Bull. We're proud to have him!
Welcome Marquis Teague, welcome!
I would personally like to apologize to all of you readers and Chicago Bulls fans for nothing being posted on the site for over ten days. I've had basketball with my H.S. team and basketball camps for over 8 hours everyday. I've been swamped with trying to form a staff together and learning some things about the Bulls (obviously among many other things). Thank you for your kindness and acceptance as we prepare to assert our name into the elite Bloguin blog group.
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