According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Brooklyn Nets are set to trade Toko Shengelia to the Chicago Bulls for Marquis Teague and Tyshawn Taylor and cash to the New Orleans Pelicans for a future draft pick. The two trades are reportedly not related.
Neither Shengelia or Taylor has had a role on this years’ Nets team and neither has gotten playing time. They will be traded to struggling teams that could hopefully give them more of a shot in the NBA.
Like Taylor, Marquis Teague is a second year point guard who has been hovering between the D-League and the Bulls. In fact, because of all the Chicago injuries at point guard last year, he even got some playing time in Chicago’s win over the Nets in the playoffs last season. He is averaging 2.1 ppg and 1.4 apg in 9 minutes per game over 67 career games.
I like these trades for Brooklyn. I don’t think Teague is going to be any worse than Tyshawn Taylor was for the team and on top of that, they get what could be a valuable pick. It will likely just be a second rounder, but the Nets have so few picks in the coming years that even a second rounder should be pretty valuable. It also clears a roster spot now that the Nets only have 14 players. This gives the Nets some more flexibility to sign a player to a veterans minimum contract or make another trade.