Yesterday it was reported that Jeff Teague reportedly told Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry that it was time for him to move on. Now, at least through his agent, Teague has told the Hawks to not match the offer sheet presented to him by the Milwaukee Bucks.
Per JS Online:
“I’m definitely excited at the opportunity to come back to work with Larry Drew,” Teague said. “The Bucks have a good team, a young nucleus and guys that are ready to take the next step. I can help.”
(Teague’s agent J.R.) Hensley said Teague was frustrated by the Hawks’ lack of interest and phoned team president and general manager Danny Ferry to inform him he did not want to return to Atlanta.
“I’m nervous,” Teague said of the waiting game which will play out until Atlanta makes its decision. “I really want to be here. I thank Milwaukee for giving me this opportunity and taking a chance on me.”
Teague can stomp his feet all he wants of course, but it’s the Hawks who hold the cards in this situation given Teague’s restricted status.
Granted, as a franchise you don’t want an unhappy player but you also don’t want to lose an asset. The Hawks have 72 hours (from the time it was signed) to make a decision on if they’ll match the offer sheet or not.