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Report: Celtics signing veteran guard Jeff Teague

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Teague has spent most of his 11-year career with the Atlanta Hawks

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Per a report from the Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach, the Boston Celtics are signing veteran point guard Jeff Teague:

Teague will sign a one-year deal with Boston. Teague is either signing for the Bi-Annual Exception or for the Veteran Minimum. At this time, salary details have not yet been reported.

Teague finished the 2019-20 season with the Atlanta Hawks, which was his home for the first seven years of his 11-year NBA career. He’s also played for the Indiana Pacers and Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Celtics had a need for a veteran ballhandler, as Kemba Walker and Marcus Smart were the lone players in that role with more than one year of experience. Boston added Payton Pritchard at the 2020 NBA Draft, and has second-year player Tremont Waters as a Two-Way restricted free agent.

Over the course of his career, Teague has averaged 12.6 points and 5.8 assists per game. He’s been a solid outside shooter at 35.8% from behind the arc and 44.5% overall. The 6’3’’ guard made the All-Star game in 2014-15 during his first stint in Atlanta.

As a starter for several years, Teague settled into a backup role last season. In Minnesota he was behind a host of young players, and with the Hawks he backed up Trae Young.

Teague will replace Brad Wanamaker, who agreed to terms with the Golden State Warriors after two years in Boston.