Honestly, many feel that Atlanta was testing the market to see the value of both players but the chances of trading Teague or Horford was unlikely to happen. One of the rumored deals the Hawks were mentioned in was a three team deal which included Atlanta, the Miami Heat, and the Houston Rockets. The detailed trade would have sent Atlanta’s own, veteran center Dwight Howard to the Hawks, but due to Pat Riley refusal to give up rookie Justise Winslow that Atlanta supposedly inquired over, the deal was never mentioned again. Atlanta had previous discussions with the Boston Celtics, who were the favorites to acquire Horford, but the Hawks price was apparently too high for Boston and the talks ceased.
As for Jeff Teague, he was receiving a lot of interest at the Trade Deadline but the offers the Hawks received wasn’t enough for Atlanta to deal the former All-Star point guard. One of the vital reasons Atlanta tested the value for Jeff Teague & Al Horford was due to both players approaching the end of their contracts as a Hawk. Horford will be one of the NBA’s top free agents this Summer and expects to receive max deal offers from multiple teams. Horford stated that he has love and passion in Atlanta; however, his price range will present questions about his future in Atlanta. Teague, currently in the third season of his contract extension from the 2013 off-season makes around $8 million per season and is a free agent next off-season.For the last three seasons, we knew at some point the Hawks would invest their future with third year point guard Dennis Schroeder and Jeff Teague would be trade bait at some point in his tenure. After all of the speculations, Atlanta kept the core intact and kept Horford & Teague.
However, Atlanta made a small deal which saw the return of former point guard Kirk Hinrich from the Chicago Bulls in a 3-team trade deal in which the Hawks sent point guard reserve Shelvin Mack to the Utah Jazz reuniting with former college teammate, Gordon Hayward and Hawks’ former assistant coach, Quin Snyder, and shooting guard reserve Justin Holiday and a second round pick to Chicago. Atlanta has only 25 games left before the playoffs and currently is 5th in the Eastern Conference after losses to Miami and Milwaukee since the All-Star Break. Hawks will be back in action tomorrow night at home when they face the defending NBA Champions, Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors. Golden State enters the game at 49-5, the best record in NBA History through 54 games and will provide a huge challenge for the Hawks. Let’s see how our squad responds as Atlanta look to avoid a third consecutive home loss.