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Marquis Teague: The Lone Unsigned First Rounder

The 29th overall pick of the 2012 NBA Draft, Marquis Teague, remains the lone first rounder to be unsigned with his respective squad.  Mark Strotman of in association with Mark Deeks of have examined the Chicago Bulls’ salary situation to come up with a logical reason why Teague remains the last unsigned first rounder.


Teams have the option to pay first-round picks 80, 100 or 120 percent of the pay scale the NBA suggests to each team, relative to the pick. As Deeks puts it, “almost everybody gets the 120%, even when drafted late. The exceptions to this are very few and far between.”

One of those exceptions Deeks noted was players drafted late in the first round. At No. 29, Teague would fit the bill. However, Jimmy Butler was drafted No. 30 last year and received the 120 percent pay scale contract, so it would be odd for the Bulls to not give Teague the same contract.

The difference between the 100 and the 120 percent pay scale over four seasons for Teague is $874,550 or as Deeks puts it, “the equivalent of one veteran minimum contract, but over a four-year period.”


And there we have our answer, the Bulls are looking to sign a proven veteran player at a minimum contract at the expense of a higher Marquis Teague rookie contract.  Chicago has had no problem paying their late round rookies the full 120% in the past and also have the cap room to sign Marquis at the usual rate, so this looks to be the underlying issue.  As Deeks pointed out this type of situation, when exposed, rarely works out well for the team.  In 2010, Xavier Henry was in a similar situation with the Memphis Grizzlies and eventually won the ordeal after making it a public relations nightmare.  How Teague and his camp will handle this may play out differently, but at the current juncture he is remaining firm on his expectation of the 120% pay scale.  He does have several cards to play in negotiation with the Bulls franchise like NBA genetics and past leadership experiences, but will those tools be more effective than playing this out through the media like others before him?

Article written by Jonathan Schuette

10 Comments for Marquis Teague: The Lone Unsigned First Rounder

  1. JW
    8:21 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    Kid never should have left this season… If he comes back, hes a top 10 pick easy. He would also likely be drafted by a team that he would be THE PG on.. not a fill in.

  2. Catlogic15
    8:28 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    I saw Marquis play for the Bulls in Vegas. He’s no Derrick Rose. Size limitations, shooting prowess, etc. Needs time, a lot of it. Butler was great. Very polished compared to
    Teague. Hope this works out for Marquis.

  3. [email protected]
    8:48 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    I reported this over a day ago. The crack staff at KSR is all over the subject. As always, good job guys.

  4. Regret
    8:51 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    It appears the Bulls regret the decision to draft him. The Bulls just signed 2 veteran PG’s and now have 4 or 5 on the roster. Teague’s shoddy performance in summer ball did not help his cause. He is a good player but he looked much better at uk because he was always passing to 4 other nba players. If this kid played for almost any other college team, he would not have even been on the draft radar.

  5. BigBluSoTru
    9:06 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    4 i agree totaly not that this kid can’t be a nba pg. But sometimes you benefit from previous players Rose,Wall,etc but you could see the difference in those players compared to him. Bulls managment regrets it big time.

  6. mark
    9:43 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    5. Ofcourse you can see the difference in two number 1 overall picks( Rose and Wall) compared to Teague. No one expected Teague to be Rose or Wall, that’s why he went 29th. It’s hard to refret drafting a guy 29th, no one expects an immediate contributor at 29, there have been surprises that low or lower ,but you dont expect it.

  7. Duke Sucks
    11:59 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    Teague needed to return to collage. He is the only player who has made a poor choice since Cal came here. Orton was questionable but with his prior injury and the fact I don’t think him and Cal were ever on the same page. Bledsoe was better then we thought and Liggens had other issues to consider. Teague just wasn’t ready I hope it works out for him but the NBA has Zero time for a point guard mature. I see the D- league coming his way.

  8. ButterSandwich
    12:43 am August 3, 2012 Permalink

    X.Henry was a lottery pick, which is guaranteed hardlyt like Teague situation. Bulls dont owe the boy anything.

  9. believer
    11:35 am August 3, 2012 Permalink

    Teague will make it, he has the guts, the will and the skills

  10. Statman
    1:38 pm August 3, 2012 Permalink

    Teague is not NBA material right now and shouldn’t be paid as such. These things need to be made public and teams need to stand their ground. That would help a wee tiny bit as far as kids believing they’re ready for the NBA.