Shengelia set for Chicago while Pelicans get Taylor.
The Brooklyn Nets have agreed in principle to acquire Chicago Bulls point guard Marquis Teague in a trade deal that sends Tornike Shengelia the other way, according to a league source.
As part of the three-team deal, Tyshawn Taylor and money have been sent to the New Orleans Pelicans for a future draft pick, although the deals have yet to be ratified and finalised by the league.
By moving Taylor, the Nets open up a roster spot whilst also moving away from the luxury tax, although the draft pick has been described as not significant.
However, perhaps the bigger part of the deal involves Teague moving to Brooklyn, who is averaging just 2.4 points on 24.2 percent shooting in 19 games for the Bulls.
The 20-year-old was a first-round pick in 2012 and has spent time at Iowa in the D-League, but he admitted that he hasn’t perhaps performed as well as he could when given the opportunity by Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau.
“I didn’t always get the minutes and things like that,” said Teague, according to ESPN.
“When the opportunity came sometimes I didn’t play as well as I probably should have. Things happen so I’m not worried about the past anymore. I’m just looking (towards) the future.”
Thibodeau admits that he believes Teague is a good player, and conceded that after coming into the league so young, it was natural that he would have a mixed start of his NBA career.
Nevertheless, his switch to Brooklyn gives Jason Kidd some depth in the backcourt behind Deron Williams and Shaun Livingston, while Chicago will hope to get some decent production off Shengelia.
The Nets currently have 14 players under contract but given the special dispensation they received after Brook Lopez was ruled out for the season, they are able to acquire a player.