Jeff Teague was traded to the Orlando Magic as part of the trade that sent Evan Fournier to the Boston Celtics, but he won’t log any minutes with the club. According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Magic have waived Teague on Saturday, allowing him to sign elsewhere.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 27, 2021
Before the 2020-2021 season, Teague signed with the Celtics in hopes to be the backup point guard to Kemba Walker. Teague would make a few starts for Boston early in the season while Walker recovered from an injury, but he would gradually lose minutes.
Once Walker returned, Teague fell out of the rotation for the Celtics as Payton Pritchard earned himself minutes in the backcourt. In his 34 games in Boston, Teague averaged 6.9 points and 2.1 assists per game while he shot a career-best 46.4 percent from beyond the arc.
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With the Magic hitting the reset button, they had no interest in giving any minutes to Teague for the rest of the season. Orlando would rather see what they have in Michael Carter-Williams, Chasson Randle, and Karim Mane instead of playing a player like Teague, who doesn’t fit their long-term plans.
Due to injuries and other issues, Teague should be able to drum up some interest upon his release from Orlando. Being able to add a veteran point guard with playoff experience is invaluable at this point in the season. While Teague isn’t the same player he was when he was with the Atlanta Hawks, he can still provide efficient outside shooting for a contending team.