Marquis Teague had his first practice as a Net on Thursday and said he hoped Brooklyn and Jason Kidd would be a better fit for him than Chicago and Tom Thibodeau.
"It just wasn't clicking with Thibs the right way. Just trying to figure out the system was kind of tough for me. The way they play isn't really my style, so it's kind of difficult for me. But I've got a new start now, so I'm just looking forward to the future."
"I like to push the ball, play fast, get up and down, play off pick-and-rolls," he said. "Over there it's more structure and sets and things like that."
The Nets gave up Toko Shengelia and Tyshawn Taylor in a series of trades involving the Nets, Bulls and Pelicans. Although not directly linked, the deals saved the Nets $2.4 million in luxury taxes and $1.5 million overall after cash considerations sent to New Orleans are factored in. Taylor was cut by the Pelicans Wednesday, a day after that trade was made official. The Nets also received a trade exception that can bring back $879,000 in salaries.
Teague said he hopes to learn a lot from the Nets point guard contingent: Jason Kidd, Deron Williams and Shaun Livingston. The 20-year-old is the youngest Net by three years.
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- Brooklyn move gives Marquis Teague a fresh start - Fred Kerber - New York Post
- Teague looking to start all over again on Nets - Mike Kerwick - The Record
Marquis Teague down on Tom Thibadeau’s Chicago Bulls system - Rod Boone - Newsday