The Brooklyn Nets general manager Billy King announced a pair of trades on Tuesday morning — the first deal sent Tyshawn Taylor to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for the draft rights to Bosnian player Edin Bavcic and the second deal sent Tornike Shengelia to the Chicago Bulls for Marquis Teague.
The Nets clearly lost interest in both Taylor and Shengelia, who were little more than practice players for their D-League affiliate and emergency players at the NBA level.
Taylor, who was the 41st overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, has averaged just 11.7 minutes per game in 23 games this season despite the fact that starting point guard Deron Williams has missed significant time with an ankle injury. In that time, Taylor averaged 11.9 points, 4.8 assists and 2.0 rebounds per 36 minutes with a 42.7 true shooting percentage.
Shengelia, taken 54th overall in the same 2012 NBA Draft, has seen even less playing time, 8.1 minutes in 17 games. He never looked like much of an NBA player either as he averaged just 6.6 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists per 36 minutes with a 45.4 true shooting percentage in his limited action.
Teague, drafted 29th overall in the 2012 NBA Draft, has averaged 8.2 points, 5.2 assists and 3.6 rebounds per 36 minutes with a 37.3 true shooting percentage in 68 games across two seasons. His numbers aren’t much better than Taylor’s, but he is considered a better defensive player which is probably what the Nets would prefer in an emergency point guard.
Bavcic, now 29 and initially drafted with the 56th pick in the 2006 NBA Draft, is probably never even going to see Brooklyn. He’s currently playing in the Green pro-league and has averaged 7.4 points and 5.7 rebounds per game over there.