Everyone knew it was coming, but the Chicago Bulls made it official today. The last first round pick to do so, Marquis Teague signed a contract of undisclosed terms with the organization. Reports suggest Teague will earn the slotted amount of $857,000 next season, with 120% of the slotted rate the following years.
Teague will continue to wear the number 25, which he proudly wore during his tenure at Kentucky. He joins fellow point guards Kirk Hinrich, Nate Robinson, and the injured Derrick Rose as part of a rather crowded backcourt. The arrangement could give Teague ample time to develop at his own pace while learning from experienced and talented point guards along the way.
In a short and rather pointless statement, this is what the Bulls had to say about Teague’s signing.
The Indianapolis native comes to Chicago following a successful freshman year at Kentucky. Teague was one of two Wildcats to start all 40 games, as Kentucky posted a record of 38-2 en route to the 2012 NCAA National Championship. While with the Wildcats, Teague (6-2, 189) averaged 10.0 ppg, 4.8 apg (2nd in the SEC) and 2.5 rpg in 32.6 mpg. He also shot .412 from the field, .325 from behind the arc and .714 from the line. His 191 assists are the second-most assists by a freshman in UK history.
Teague will wear number 25.
Marquis Teague always played a bit like a bull, and now he’s officially become one.
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