Chicago is finalizing deal to send Marquis Teague to the Brooklyn Nets for forward Toko Shengelia, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) January 18, 2014
Both players have spent time in the D-League this season.
Teague was buried in the Bulls’ PG pecking order even with Derrick Rose out for the season, and didn’t help matters by shooting 24.2% from the field in limited playing time. He could be in line to scrape out a few minutes behind Deron Williams and Shaun Livingston in Brooklyn, especially with (also via Wojnarowski) Tyshawn Taylor headed to New Orleans. He’s a former first round pick, one of six Kentucky players to go in the 2012 draft, but he hasn’t lived up to his potential, so the Nets could just be taking a flier on a talented but underperforming player.
Shengelia is a 6’9 small forward from Georgia (the country, not the state) who has averaged just 1.5 points in 17 games with the Nets this season. He might see some minutes with Luol Deng no longer playing for the Bulls. Taylor’s best asset is his defense, and with the Pelicans a bit thin at the point behind Jrue Holiday, he’s a nice pickup for them, considering they only gave up a future draft pick.