Al Horford is a wanted man, and the Atlanta Hawks know it. The Hawks want to keep Horford in Atlanta if possible, and they are willing to trade their draft picks to shore up the teams weaknesses to convince him to stay, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.
The Hawks have two picks now, the second acquired when they traded their point guard Jeff Teague to the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday, and they don’t consider them as valuable to their future as they do Horford.
Horford will be coveted and recruited by many NBA teams when he becomes a restricted free agent, but he has not made it known whether he wants to stay in Atlanta or move forward into the future with another team.
As the draft quickly approaches, the Hawks have a short time to make sure they do their due diligence and move their picks for something solid enough to entice Horford to stay.
Money may not be the most important thing, because the Hawks own his bird rights and can pay him more than any other team, but they are still worried that he might think long and hard enough to walk away this summer.
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