It's not often a player is traded in principle and remains active with his old team for two games. But then, little has gone according to form for Marquis Teague since the Bulls drafted him 29th overall in 2012.
The Bulls have agreed in principle to send Teague to the Nets for 6-foot-9 forward Toko Shengelia, who has played primarily in the Development League. The trade can't be completed until the league office opens for business on Tuesday after Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Thus, Teague, who had been recalled from the Development League just Wednesday, will be in uniform but not play for the Bulls both Saturday and Monday.
"I'm excited, ready to get a new start," Teague said. "I haven't talked to Brooklyn yet, but I'm ready to get to work."
The trade saves the Bulls $285,848 this season. That would allow them to sign Cartier Martin for the remainder of the season if they choose -- or a different veteran for the minimum -- and remain below the luxury tax line.
It also frees roughly $600,000 for the salary cap next summer because the Bulls had picked up Teague's third-year option.
Shengelia, a second-round pick by the 76ers from the Republic of Georgia, has averaged 1.5 points in 36 career games.
Teague's best moment from his rookie season came when he produced four points, three assists, a block and no turnovers in an unexpected appearance against the Nets in the Bulls' Game 7 playoff victory.
"I guess that helped me out in the long run," Teague said.
This comment is indicative of Teague's upbeat demeanor, which never changed no matter the circumstances. Just 21, Teague remains confident despite losing his rotation spot to veteran Mike James earlier this season and his recent D-League stint.
"That's how my dad taught me to be," Teague said. "Keep my confidence and never get too down or too high."
Teague values his time with the Bulls.
"I learned a lot, got to play with some great guys," he said. "I appreciate everything the Bulls did for me. At times I played OK and other times I didn't do as much as I should have. I'll learn and grow from that."
Coach Tom Thibodeau never embraced Teague, who averaged 2.1 points and 1.3 assists in 68 games with the Bulls.
"He has had some moments that obviously he could do better," Thibodeau said. "When you come into this league as young as he is, that's what you're going to get."
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