The Hawks have been sneaking around, looking for any possible trade that could improve their current situation. Their two most substantial needs being a starting center and a backup point guard. They accomplished one of those today, as Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Hawks have acquired Jeff Teague and Treveon Graham from the Timberwolves for Allen Crabbe.
Atlanta has traded guard Allen Crabbe to Minnesota for PG Jeff Teague and Treveon Graham, league sources tell ESPN. Hawks get a backup for Trae Young.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 16, 2020
This is a tremendous move by Travis Schlenk. Despite the up and coming Brandon Goodwin, the Hawks were still missing a lot any time Trae Young came off the floor. I don’t expect Goodwin to lose his role off the bench entirely, but Teague will be the primary backup point guard. He’s averaging 13.2 points on 37.9% shooting from deep and 6.1 assists in 27.8 minutes per night – good enough for a 16.5 PER in 34 games this season. Along with the obvious upgrade he will provide on the court, Teague should also serve as another veteran presence in the locker room, something the Hawks were in need of as well.
Atlanta also acquired 26-year-old Treveon Graham in this deal. Graham’s played in 33 games for Minnesota this year, including 20 starts, but his stats are hard to look at. He’s only averaging 5.2 points on 35.4% shooting from the field and 24.1% from behind the arc. It’s not yet known what the Hawks plan to do with him, but he could slide in and replace Crabbe’s minutes reasonably well at about 1/9th of the cost.
Crabbe is averaging only 5.1 points per contest on 36.4% shooting and 32.3% from three-point range. If this is all the Hawks had to give up to fill one of their primary needs, it’s highway robbery by Travis Schlenk.