With the report that the Brooklyn Nets are finalizing a move to acquire Marquis Teague from the Chicago Bulls for Tornike Shengelia, the Nets have also reportedly moved point guard Tyshawn Taylor along with cash to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for a future draft pick.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Pelicans will acquire the former second round pick out of Kansas.
Brooklyn is sending Tyshawn Taylor to New Orleans for a future pick and cash, sources tell Yahoo.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) January 18, 2014
Clarification: Nets are sending Taylor to New Orleans with cash.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) January 18, 2014
Along with the move of trading away Shengelia for Teague and considering the luxury tax penalty the Nets are currently under with their roster, these moves could still save them a couple hundred thousand dollars, even with the cash payout to New Orleans. For Nets' owner Mikhail Prokhorov, that's the equivalent of us taking a few pennies in those trays on the counter of gas stations.
Taylor has played in 23 games this season, starting three of them, and averaging 3.9 points and 1.6 assists while shooting 34.1 percent from the floor in 11.7 minutes. With the Pelicans down to Brian Roberts and Austin Rivers at point guard while Jrue Holiday heals from a stress fracture in his right tibia, it's conceivable Taylor could have a chance to earn some minutes in the rotation.