Hawks still listening to offers for Jeff Teague

BY foxsports • February 5, 2016

By Chis Roling

With the Atlanta Hawks struggling through injuries and average play, the front office continues to listen to offers for point guard Jeff Teague.

Many have penciled in the Hawks as a team ready to hit the restart button with the Feb. 18 NBA trade deadline on approach, which makes sense given the fact they sit third in the Eastern Conference with a 5-5 record over their last 10 games. According to Steve Kyler of BasketballInsiders.com, one of the main reasons the Hawks continue to pick up the phone pertains to the upcoming point guard class:

As Kyler notes, this year’s class heading to free agency isn’t so attractive, with Mike Conley and maybe Ty Lawson and others as the biggest names. 2017? Teague, Derrick Rose, Steph Curry, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook.

Just to name a few.

In all seriousness, though, this isn’t the first time Teague and the Hawks have come up in trade rumblings. One nugget smartly suggested the Utah Jazz as one of a few teams that should have a major interest in Teague’s services. Yahoo Sports’ Chris Mannix revealed near the end of last month that the Hawks were working the phones on one of their two point guards:

Teague would get the most via trade. He’s 27 years old with a 14.8/5.5/2.6 slash line and a hard worker on the defensive end of the court. He’s an odd fit in Atlanta right now, but a contender who needs a guy to play defense and somewhat help run the offense, but not take most of the shots, would find great value in Teague—especially if he’s just a rental until 2017, where the team can go from there in deciding how to proceed.

The above would explain why someone such as Charles Barkley believes Teague would help a team like the New York Knicks to the playoffs.

Maybe, maybe not. But this comes down to the Hawks and if they decide to blow things up. Dennis Schroder looks like a great in-house replacement at a more cost-effective price. Al Horford, another strong trade candidate, has an expiring contract the front office could choose to take a pass on this summer if he isn’t dealt, too. In other words, the Hawks could let go a few big pieces of a core that simply isn’t working and suddenly stand as one of the teams with the most free cap space ahead of what is sure to be a wild free-agency period.

It comes down to what the Hawks can get in return and what they want. If it’s future assets because the franchise wants to throw in the towel, then the line for Teague might be well around the block. No matter what the Hawks want, though, a middling performance from the roster and major outside factors have the Hawks working the phones more than most ahead of the deadline.

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