The NBA’s trade deadline is rapidly approaching and the Atlanta Hawks have a big decision to make as an organization.
After discussing trade proposals for Jeff Teague with a number of teams in the previous couple of weeks, the Hawks are now engaged in intense internal discussions about the future of the franchise and whether or not they want to break up their core, via ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz and Brian Windhorst.
The players possibly on the move include 2015 All-Stars Teague, Kyle Korver, and Al Horford. According to ESPN’s sources, the front office is concerned that after last year’s magical 60-win season, the Hawks have regressed to a fringe contender unlikely to go all the way.
At 30-24, Atlanta is currently 5th in a crowded Eastern Conference, and while they’re only a game and a half out of 3rd, they’re also just 3 games ahead of the 9th place Charlotte Hornets.
Horford is playing out the final year of his contract extension, and he will surely demand the max either from Atlanta or another team in free agency this summer. That deal would require Horford to be paid over $30 million when he’s 35 years old, a fact that scares the front office quite a bit. ESPN names the Celtics, Nuggets, and Magic as possible trade partners for the Hawks.
The Magic are also reportedly interested in Teague, but recent reports taht that the Indiana Pacers have made a trade offer to the Hawks for Teague.
Head coach Mike Budenholzer believes that Korver and Horford are essential to the positive, winning culture that has evolved in the Hawks’ locker room, but the business side of the game just might lead to their departure.
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