Teague has emerged as a prime target according to reports in US.
The New York Knicks are reportedly targeting Atlanta Hawks point guard Jeff Teague ahead of the trade deadline on February 20.
According to ESPN sources, the Knicks are making calls across the league in an attempt to upgrade at the point guard position, which puts Raymond Felton’s future at the franchise under threat.
Teague’s name has surfaced as a primary target given that the Knicks fear that they will miss out on Kyle Lowry, with the Toronto Raptors likely to ensure he is unavailable before the deadline.
Given their expected run to the playoffs, the Raptors are expected to keep hold of Lowry until the end of the season, although they will have a decision to make as he enters free agency in the summer with speculation suggesting that the franchise may be unwilling to offer a big-money contract.
Nevertheless, the Knicks appear to have diverted their attention elsewhere for their more immediate future, although it is unclear at this stage as to whether or not the Hawks are willing to part company with their influential floor general.
It is understood that Atlanta would have to be interested in Iman Shumpert and be willing to lose Teague’s long-term contract to give New York the chance to assemble a package to land the 25-year-old.
Sources suggest that Denver Nuggets star Andre Miller is also a target for the Knicks, but they are understood to be looking for a younger point guard to lead the way for years to come.
However, the complications arise in a deal for Teague, as his four-year, $32m contract would slice into the Knicks’ projected 2015 salary-cap space which could restrict them in making big moves for the likes of Kevin Love.