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Bulls select PG Teague with the 29th pick in the draft

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Bulls select PG Teague with the 29th pick in the draft

By all accounts, the Bulls were going to pick a shooter or wing player, maybe even a combo guard in the 2012 NBA Draft. Instead, they went with a more traditional point guard, Kentuckys Marquis Teague, with the 29th overall selection Thursday evening.
The 6-foot-2 Teague was the starting point guard on the NCAA champion Wildcats in his lone college season, averaging 10 points and 4.8 assists per game. While many observers describe his freshman-year performance as inconsistent, he certainly improved as the season waned on.
The younger brother of Atlanta Hawks point guard Jeff Teague, the Indianapolis native is as an explosive athlete who thrives in an up-tempo setting, though his outside shooting is an area that could use improvement. Although Teague shares many physical attributesand a college coach, John Calipariwith Derrick Rose, its unlikely that hell be expected to step in as a starter.
But while the Bulls will pursue a veteran free-agent point guard, Teague was drafted with the idea that he could contribute as a rookie in mind. Teague wasnt necessarily the Bulls top targetaccording to a source, they had zeroed in on Vanderbilt sharpshooter John Jenkins, who ended up going 23rd to the Hawks, where hell play with Teagues brotherbut its reasonable to say that Teagues upside convinced them that his value was too much to pass up.
Whether Teague blossoms into a star or is a career rotation playerthe latter is the expectation for many of the other players who were still on the board at No. 29, such as his Kentucky teammate Doron Lamb, Kansas point guard Tyshawn Taylor and other rumored Bulls targetsremains to be seen, but the fact that with his athleticism alone, he helps the Bulls keeps up with upper-echelon teams like Miami and Oklahoma City in the NBAs arms race justifies his selection. As long as he isnt expected to emulate Rose, is put in position to use his strengths and works diligently to improve his weaknesses, theres no reason Teague cant be successful in Chicago.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?

David Haugh, Adam Jahns and Patrick Finley join Kap on the panel. The Bears lose a rough one in Miami as Matt Nagy goes conservative at the end zone. Does the rookie coach deserve all of the blame? Dave Wannstedt joins the guys to discuss.

Plus the guys discuss the Cubs’ newest hitting coach/scapegoat, Brandon Saad’s upcoming healthy scratch and Bobby Portis betting on himself this season. 

Listen here or in the embedded player below!

Cubs executive Jason McLeod reportedly linked to Giants' GM opening

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Cubs executive Jason McLeod reportedly linked to Giants' GM opening

Is this the offseason that Cubs executive Jason McLeod finally becomes an MLB general manager?

According to Bruce Levine, the Giants are reportedly interested in McLeod, the Cubs senior vice president of scouting and player development, for their vacant general manager position.

McLeod joined the Cubs' front office in 2011 alongside Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer. Before the Cubs, he spent six years in the Red Sox front office and two in the Padres' (with Hoyer, who was San Diego's general manager from 2010-2011). 

Of course, the Giants' reported interest in McLeod doesn't necessarily mean that he will interview for the job. However, it's worth noting that McLeod interviewed for the Twins' general manager job in 2016; he also withdrew his name from consideration for the Padres' general manager job in 2014. 

In addition to the Giants, McLeod's name has been linked to the Mets' general manager vacancy. This is more speculation, but the point is that it seems to be only a matter of time before McLeod is hired as general manager elsewhere.

For what it's worth, though, McLeod is under contract through 2021 and has previously said that he is grateful to be with the Cubs. 

“I’m exceptionally grateful,” McLeod said. “All of us are. Look at where we are at this moment in time with this team," McLeod said in 2016. "I can’t imagine a better environment, a better culture to work at in baseball.

"We’ve been together a long time. We’re friends. We’re good. We embrace the fact that we are good. And we challenge ourselves to be even better.”