Pacers introduce Indianapolis-native Teague as latest off-season addition
Jeff Teague has officially returned to Indianapolis, as the Pacers introduced the latest addition to their roster in an offseason that has been full of activity. In a news conference Monday, Teague expressed his love for his hometown and desire to commit to a long-term deal when the time comes.
“I love it, it’s the best basketball city,” Teague said. “All the talented players that come from Indianapolis, it’s just a sense of pride for me. Every driveway you go to, you see a basketball court. Every park, kids playing basketball. I’ve grown to love it. love this city, and have been a Pacers fan for years, now my dream has come true.”
Indiana acquired Teague, an Indianapolis native and Pike High School product, from the Atlanta Hawks in a three-way trade. In exchange, the Pacers sent guard George Hill to the Jazz, and Utah gave up their 12th overall pick to the Hawks.
“I’d love to spend the rest of my career here,” Teague emphasized.
Indy Sports Central’s Larra Overton spoke one-on-one with Teague. The full interview will air on Sports Overtime.
Teague is expected to be an immediate contributor to the Pacers, as the team aims to play a faster, more up-tempo style this season, according to President Larry Bird and Head Coach Nate McMillan.
The point guard has played seven seasons in the NBA, all of which he spent with Atlanta. Teague was named to the NBA All-Star team in 2015.