Following the Bulls' victory over the Hawks on Tuesday, Atlanta point guard Jeff Teague was vocal about Chicago's decision to trade his younger brother, Marquis, to the Brooklyn Nets last month.
Over the last few months, things were up and down for the younger Teague, who was sent to the D-League in early December — and recalled the same day after Mike James was called to get an MRI — and followed up later that month with an eight-game stint with the Iowa Energy before being recalled again by Chicago.
Now, Marquis will return to Chicago for the first time since the trade as the Nets face the Bulls on Thursday, and Jeff is happy his brother will be sitting on the visiting bench inside the United Center.
“I was happy he got out of here, to be honest,” Jeff told Examiner.com. “I just wanted him to get an opportunity. I don’t think it was a good fit for him (in Chicago). New opportunity, new chance to try and get something started for himself.
“I think when he was here, he lost a little confidence. But I called him all the time and told him to stay positive.”