NBA Trade Rumors – The Atlanta Hawks have been heavily linked with free agent guard Monta Ellis, but the team could go in a different direction. According to ESPN, the Hawks and the Milwaukee Bucks are exploring a sign-and-trade deal that would send Brandon Jennings to the Hawks and Jeff Teague to the Bucks.
Sources briefed on the situation told ESPN.com that the Hawks and Bucks have in recent days discussed a sign-and-trade deal to land Brandon Jennings in Atlanta and send fellow restricted free agent Jeff Teague to Milwaukee to reunite with former Hawks coach Larry Drew. ESPN.com reported early in free agency that the Bucks, at Drew’s behest, had interest.
If those sign-and-talks progress to the serious stage, sources said, Atlanta would inevitably have to rescind its longstanding interest in Ellis, knowing he and Jennings realistically couldn’t play together again given how poorly they functioned as a backcourt duo in Milwaukee last season.
Both players are restricted free agents and with few teams interested in their services, it seemed as though both players could stay put. Clearly, that is no longer the case.
Teague and Jennings are both young point guards with potential, but are also very different in terms of style of play. This certainly seems like a deal worth keeping an eye on.