New York Knicks switch trade targets as Lowry interest dwindles

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With just two days left until the NBA trade deadlines officially passes, teams are beginning to make moves in order to get their men in time.

And according to ESPN correspondent Marc Stein the New York Knicks have a new man in their sights as they attempt to improve their options at point guard:

"Knicks focus leading into Thursday trade deadline is upgrading at point guard. And word is a new name intrigues them: Atlanta's Jeff Teague," he posted on Twitter.

The Knicks had been previously been rumored to be interested in a trade for Kyle Lowry, but now seem convinced the Raptors' man is unlikely to become available in the coming days.

And it seems Teague is a potential fit in the eyes of the Knicks hierarchy.

But the potential trade is far from simple it seems.

The 25-year old teamed up with the Hawks in 2009 but, as a restricted free agent in July 2013, was extended an offer sheet of $32 million over four years by the Milwaukee Bucks.

The terms offered by the Hawks to match the Bucks mean Teague has first refusal of any future trade. The Knicks therefore could face a battle to land their man should they pursue Teague further.

Teague has averaged 15.6 points, and 7.2 assists per game so far this season, helping the Hawks to a 25-26 record.

Should Teague end up joining Melo and co in New York, city rivals the Brooklyn Nets may thank them for weakening the Atlanta Hawks, one of their main rivals for an Eastern Conference playoff spot. 

What do you think? Would Teague be a good fit? 


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