In his second professional season in the NBA, Marquis Teague has struggled to say the least. The point guard who won a national championship at Kentucky and saw minutes last season as a rookie in the absence of Derrick Rose and injuries to Kirk Hinrich, was expected to come in this season and compete for minutes in Tom Thibodeau’s rotation.
But 16 games into the 2013-14 season, Teague has appeared in just nine contests and scored a total of 11 points while committing nine turnovers. Recently, he was passed over in Thibodeau’s rotation in favor of veteran guard Mike James, the oldest player on the Bulls roster.
On Tuesday, the Bulls announced they were sending Teague down to the NBA D-League to play for Bulls affiliate, the Iowa Energy.
Chicago, historically speaking, is not an organization that utilizes the D-League very much. James Johnson, whom the Bulls took No. 16 overall in the ’09 NBA Draft, was the last player to be sent down to Iowa and was traded soon after to the Toronto Raptors in Feb. ’11.