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Celtics, Hawks Have Discussed Trade

Reporting from Chris Mannix indicates that the Boston Celtics have been engaged with the Atlanta Hawks in trade discussions based around point guard Jeff Teague, and also center Al Horford. As noted by Mannix, the Hawks could be looking to establish third-year player Dennis Schröder as their starting point guard of the future, which would make Teague and his team-friendly contract — $8 million for both this season an 2016-17 — a new possibility in what has been a slow trade market to date.

To speculate: perhaps a roadblock thus far to consummating a trade has been the lack of Celtics players whom the Hawks would prefer to receive in a deal. Boston General Manager Danny Ainge has received criticism for amassing many good players but few great ones. Given that Atlanta is currently tied with Boston in the standings at 27-21, a trade would need to provide immediate competitive dividends to both teams. While the Celtics have one of the largest collections of draft picks in the NBA, those assets could be of limited use in a potential trade with the Hawks.

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