Report: The Atlanta Hawks trade Jeff Teague to Indiana in three-team trade

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With the NBA season coming to an end and draft night finally upon us, multiple teams are already making moves to bolster their rosters for next year. 

The blockbuster trade that saw Derrick Rose leave his hometown Chicago Bulls for the New York Knicks on Wednesday unsurprisingly dominated the headlines, but there was another deal that went slightly under the radar. 

Though the deals can't be confirmed for salary cap purposes, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports has reported that the Atlanta Hawks have traded point guard Jeff Teague to the Indiana Pacers in a three-team deal with the Utah Jazz. 

As part of the agreement, the Pacers will send George Hill to Utah who will give up their number 12 pick in the draft to the Hawks.

Teague will depart Atlanta after spending his entire nine-year career with the franchise. The 28-year-old was involved in trade rumours throughout the year and it seemed his departure from the team was a matter of when and not if. 

After the emergence of German Denis Schroder in the playoffs - particularly against the Cleveland Cavaliers - the Hawks were prepared to let their starting point guard go and will now look to build around Schroder.

This season, Teague averaged a respectable 15.7 points, 5.9 assists, and 2.7 rebounds per game. He became an All-Star for the first time in 2014-15 after Atlanta enjoyed an incredible campaign which saw them reach the Eastern Conference Finals on the back of a franchise-best record of 60-22.

A return to Indiana, the city of his birth, may be a great fit for Teague and he should relish the opportunity to play with one of the league's best players in Paul George.

He will also significantly add to the uptempo style that Larry Bird is so desperate to see the Pacers adopt under new head coach Nate McMillan.

The Wake Forest product is entering the final year of his contract but per Yahoo, the Pacers are keen to sign him to an extension after moving Hill to Salt Lake City.

Hill, also an Indianapolis native, joined his hometown team in 2011 from the San Antonio Spurs in a trade which saw them give up Kawhi Leonard. 

At the age of 30, Indy felt it was the right time to move him on and bring in a point guard who can increase the pace of their team and add more scoring. 

With the Pacers, the veteran averaged 12.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game during the 2015-16 campaign.

The move makes sense for Utah as they were keen to pick up an experienced ball-handler to play alongside the talented young squad that they've built and they didn't have to give up a player to acquire him.

The trades seem like the right decision for all parties and as we enter one of the busiest periods for front offices across the league, expect this to be the beginning of a frantic couple of weeks.

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