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Thursday, January 23, 2014
Teague expected trade, ready for new start

By Mike Mazzeo

NEW YORK -- Marquis Teague kind of had a feeling a trade was coming.

"I wasn't really shocked," said Teague, who practiced for the first time as a Brooklyn Net on Thursday. "I knew a lot of changes were being made around there, so I was kind of prepared."

Marquis Teague
Will Marquis Teague thrive in Jason Kidd's system?
Teague, 20, was selected by Chicago in the first round of the 2012 draft. Unfortunately, it didn't work out there.

"It just wasn't clicking with Thibs [coach Tom Thibodeau] the right way," Teague said. "Just trying to figure out the system was kind of tough for me. The way they play isn't really my style, so it's kind of difficult for me. But I've got a new start now, so I'm just looking forward to the future."

What is Teague's style?

"I like to push the ball, play fast, get up and down, play off pick-and-rolls," he said. "Over there it's more structure and sets and things like that."

Teague might be able to have success in Nets coach Jason Kidd's free-flowing offense.

"I think it's going to be great," Teague said of being able to learn from Deron Williams and Shaun Livingston. "I just know I'm coming in here to work hard."

Teague says he's patterned his game like Steve Francis, Allen Iverson and Baron Davis, quick guards who can play off the dribble and get into the lane.

Because the deal couldn't be made official until Tuesday since the NBA league offices were closed, Teague actually had to dress and sit on the bench with the Bulls.

"That was kind of awkward, but I had to do it," he said. "I think they didn't have enough bodies, so they just asked me to do it. I was like, that's fine. [My teammates] were making jokes about it, like, 'How are you on the other team, but you're still here.'"

Paul Pierce (illness) did not practice. It is unknown if he'll be able to play Friday night against the Mavericks.

Andray Blatche on his one-handed hammer dunk Tuesday night: "It was just a little payback. Just a little payback."

The Nets had lost to the Orlando Magic by 21 earlier in the season.