Bulls send Teague back to D-League

The Chicago Bulls have sent second-year point guard Marquis Teague back to the D-League.

The move does not come as a surprise given the fact that veteran Kirk Hinrich returned to action on Wednesday after missing the last five games because of a back injury.

This marks the second time in the last month that Teague, who was the 29th pick in the 2012 draft, has been sent down to the Iowa Energy, the Bulls' D-League affiliate. He never played a game for Iowa the first time, turning around as soon as he got there because former Bulls guard Mike James had a sprained knee.

With veteran D.J. Augustin playing well and Hinrich back, there was little chance Teague was going to see meaningful minutes. Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau has said several times that Teague's demotion shouldn't be viewed as a 'punishment' -- more as a chance to get extra playing time.

"I think we knew when we drafted him he was a 19-year-old kid," Bulls general manager Gar Forman said earlier this month on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN Chicago 1000. "He's 20 now. And I think we've seen potential; he's a talented kid, he had a really good summer. I thought he did some good things in the preseason. There hasn't been a lot of time for him. Tom and I discussed it and John (Paxson) over the weekend. And our thought was let's get him to our D-League affiliate and give him some time on the floor. But in our minds, it's not a long-term thing. And it's something we may do several times throughout the season. Send him down for a game or two, or three to get some time and then bring him back. But we still think there's a lot of potential there and we just want to see him continue to grow as a player."

Teague, who is averaging 2.4 points and 1.5 assists this season, has struggled with his jump shot and confidence during his second season in the NBA.