The Bulls may not be the most media savvy team in the NBA, but they have a strong pipeline to local beat writers. That's when multiple Mike James stories pop up in the press from different authors, Bulls fans might want to think about James possible inclusion on the roster.
Fred Pfieffer of the Chicago Bulls eye loves to tell the story of how watching Teague in warm ups at a Wizards game he was simply dancing along the side lines while everyone else on the Bulls was professionally going through the lay up line, getting their shots in, or stretching out. Just one guy, sort of separated from the group, goofing around, not buying in the dynamic.
I've always rejected the thought that the Bulls would move Teague. Kirk Hinrich's deal ends after this season, and Teague would slot in nicely as a backup PG if he can prove himself an NBA caliber player before then.
The thing is, Marquis Teague was a complete after thought in preseason until Derrick Rose missed a game. The Bulls didn't even look like they were trying to see what he could do before then. He was getting less playing time than Erik Murphy who, IMO, likely doesn't belong in the NBA.
When asked about the bench at media day, Marquis Teague's name was not mentioned by Tom Thibodeau.
So while the theory of Teague slotting in as a future backup PG makes sense. My guess is the Bulls have seen enough where they aren't going to chance it. They're in win now mode and will likely look to bring back Hinrich if he has a successful season rather than take a risk on Teague playing well for them given what they've seen.
The Bulls haven't been shy about dumping their 1st round picks when they realize the player or situation simply doesn't fit.
James Johnson gone quickly and turned into a first [poor player]
Tyrus Thomas sent packing before he reached FA for a first [bad attitude]
Thabo Sefolosha was moved to the Thunder for a first [bad fit]
Especially on the more iffy prospects like Johnson and Sefolosha who have more value while on rookie deals, the Bulls struck quickly and moved both guys while they still had time left on their deals as cheap salary. With Tyrus they waited longer, hoping he'd pan out still.
Marquis Teague is the type of player who's value will plummet to conditional second round pick this season if he doesn't show something on the court. Something which he'll unlikely have a shot to do with the roster make up as it is. The Bulls best bet to move him for value if they don't view him as someone they want to move forward with is to trade him sometime between now and the deadline.
The problem with moving Teague is that 29 teams passed on him before the Bulls grabbed him, and he hasn't exactly proven much since then. As such, getting a 1st, even a heavily protected one, seems like a stretch. Getting a 2nd rounder seems like a dubious return if it's not project to be in the top 40.
For that reason alone, Teague may stick with the roster. He's still a fairly cheap salary. However, based on his playing time, lack of mention in interviews, and Mike James articles popping up, don't be surprised if Teague's simply out of the picture.
I was excited for Teague when we drafted him. I loved what I saw in summer league. I hoped Chicago would give the kid a chance to develop.
Perhaps his work ethic behind the scenes has already ruled that out, or perhaps that will still happen and I'm merely over reacting. However, looking at it today, I don't see Teague having much future in Chicago.
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