Jeff Teague Says He’s Happy to Stay With Hawks After Wanting Out

by July 16, 2013

When he signed a four-year, $32 million offer sheet from the Milwaukee Bucks, Jeff Teague made it clear that he no longer wanted to play for the Atlanta Hawks. Unfortunately for him, the Hawks matched the offer, and now he has no choice but to say that he’s thrilled to be back. Per the AJC: “When Jeff Teague’s phone rang Saturday – while on a Harry Potter themed amusement park ride in Orlando – he answered. Hawks general manager Danny Ferry was calling with news that the team intended to match the four-year, $32 million offer sheet from the Bucks. Teague would remain in Atlanta. ‘He said they were going to match the offer and we’re glad to have you back,’ Teague said. ‘I held on a little bit, got off the ride and we started talking a little bit more.’ […] Teague said he is happy to remain a Hawk. He showed up at the team’s Las Vegas Summer League game Monday night and there were hugs all around – from Ferry, teammates John Jenkins and Mike Scott, coaches and support personnel. ‘It’s a process,’ Teague said. ‘I understood that going into it. I was a restricted free agent and I knew that all along. I was happy either way. I’m glad to be back in Atlanta. It’s been home for four years. It’s time to get back to work. There is no bad blood. We are all professionals.’ Teague said he was encouraged by the faith the Hawks showed in him by matching the offer sheet. […] ‘I know they are building a winning culture and I’m excited to be a part of it. I’ve got a good four years to be here and help this team get to a place we haven’t been, the Eastern Conference finals (and beyond).'”