Chicago Bulls Weekly: Pulling The Plug On Marquis Teague And A Break-Even Sort Of Week

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According to a report, the Chicago Bulls have agreed to trade Marquis Teague (25) to the Brooklyn Nets. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

According to a report (WojBomb alert!), the Chicago Bulls have reached an agreement to end Marquis Teague’s uneventful season-and-a-half run with the franchise.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reported Saturday night that the Brooklyn Nets and the Bulls have agreed on a deal that will ship Teague to Brooklyn in exchange for Tornike Shengelia.

Teague was taken with the 29th overall pick near the end of the first round in 2012 out of Kentucky, where Teague helped the Wildcats win a national championship, averaged 10 points and 4.8 assists a game, shot 41.2 percent—32.5 percent from the shorter collegiate 3-point line—and declared himself ready to be an NBA player.

According to Wojnarowski, the trade is expected to be completed Tuesday.

Teague, 20, has played in one game for less than two minutes since Dec. 21 and hadn’t played at all since being recalled Wednesday from the NBA Development League’s Iowa Energy, where he averaged 12 points and 4.8 assists in 24 minutes a game in the eight games he played there.

The trip from “getting a chance to start” to “being traded straight up for a guy who was picked 25 slots later than you” was fast. Teague started back-to-back games on Dec. 14 and Dec. 16, was put back on the bench and shortly after Christmas was sent to Iowa.

In all, Teague played in 67 games for the Bulls over two seasons, averaging 9.3 minutes, 2.1 points and 1.3 assists per game on 33 percent shooting—18.2 percent from 3-point range. This season, he was 16-for-66 from the floor (24.2 percent).

Shengelia, 22, was taken by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 54th overall pick in the 2012 draft and was traded to the Nets for cash the day after the draft.

Shengelia, a 6’9” wing player, has gotten very little opportunity to play in Brooklyn, averaging 6.4 minutes in 36 games over the last two seasons. He’s averaged 1.5 points and one rebound per game on 44.7 percent shooting.

In terms of needs, the trade matches up well for both teams. Brooklyn wanted additional depth behind Deron Williams and Shaun Livingston at point guard, particularly since Williams hasn’t played since Jan. 4 and just had therapeutic procedures on both ankles.

The Bulls get another wing to fill the void created when Luol Deng was traded to Cleveland and Mike Dunleavy joined the starting lineup. Chicago signed Cartier Martin to a 10-day contract that expires Monday and could extend him another 10 days. Martin has averaged five points in 13.7 minutes of the three games he’s played since joining the Bulls.

But Chicago also dumps a little bit more payroll, both for this year and the future. Teague—the younger brother of Atlanta Hawks point guard Jeff Teague—is signed through 2014-15 at $1.12 million with a team option for 2015-16, while Shengelia’s deal expires at the end of this season.

Perhaps the lesson to be taken from all of this is a lesson NBA-level talent evaluators and executives really shouldn’t have to be told: If a kid can’t shoot straight in college, odds are really, really good that he won’t shoot straight in the NBA, either.

Marquis Teague proved that point in his short stint in Chicago … most eloquently.

As far as last week went, the Bulls were 2-2 and had a three-game stint worthy of the occult—they were swept in a home-and-home by the Wizards while beating the Magic in triple overtime in between the losses and hammered the 76ers to close the week out.

Chicago is currently 19-20, tied with Washington for fifth place in the East, 3½ games ahead of the ninth-place Bobcats. But they’ve already surrendered the tiebreaker to the Wizards (0-2 with one game left with the Wiz this season). The Bulls trail the Central Division-leading Indiana Pacers by 13 games and are in second place.

Here is the week that was, including game reviews, some news and notes, the rookie watch, injury updates, a look at the Bulls’ stats for the week and season and player of the week selection, as well as a look ahead to next week’s action (all statistical information from NBA.com/Stats):

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