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Trae Young, John Collins react to Hawks’ trade for Jeff Teague

Hawks, Jeff Teague, John Collins, Trae Young

Jeff Teague was an integral part of the Atlanta Hawks teams of the early and mid-2010s. After three and a half seasons in both Indiana and Minnesota, the 6-foot-3 point guard is now once again a Hawk.

Atlanta traded for their former point guard this week, sending shooting guard Allen Crabbe to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Teague and Treveon Graham.

Although neither Trae Young and John Collins ever played with Teague, the two Hawks stars reacted to the team’s trade prior to their game against the San Antonio Spurs.

“It’s going to be good having him back, and I know the city’s going to love having him back too,” Young said of Jeff Teague, per Sarah Spencer of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Collins’ reaction was short and sweet, as the 22-year-old power forward stated: “First off, go Deacs.”

Both Collins and Teague played their college ball for the Wake Forrest Demon Deacons. Collins played there for two seasons from 2015-2017 while Teague was there between 2007 and 2009.

The 31-year-old playmaker is no longer the All-Star caliber point guard he was when he was in Atlanta. However, as a backup in Minnesota, Teague showed that he can still be a solid contributor in this league.

In 27.8 minutes per contest, Teague has averaged 13.2 points, 6.1 assists and 2.1 rebounds per game this season in Minnesota, all while shooting 44.8 percent from the field and 37.9 percent from deep.

While the 11-year-veteran will likely not start for the Hawks, he is still a major upgrade to the bench. Prior to Teague, Atlanta was ineffectively using a combination of Evan Turner and Brandon Goodwin at the backup point guard spot.