The Atlanta Hawks have retained Jeff Teague after matching the four-year, $32 million offer sheet made by the Milwaukee Bucks. The point guard, who will be entering his fifth year in the NBA will be returning to Atlanta to run the offense under new head coach Mike Budenholzer, who has high hopes for Teague.
“I am very excited to have the opportunity to coach Jeff,” Budenholzer said in a statement. “He has a high level of talent. Keeping him with our group allows us to continue to build and improve going forward.”
Teague, in his second year as a starter with the Hawks last season, set career highs with 14.6 points and 7.2 assists. He led the Hawks to another playoff appearance, and continues to get better with more experience.
Budenholzer is not the only one excited that Teague will be returning to the Hawks.
“We are happy to bring Jeff back to our team,” GM Danny Ferry said in a statement. “He has improved each year of his career and continues to get better. At 25, he’s already been a key contributor on a playoff team and we look forward to seeing him develop into even more of a leader on our team.”