NBA Trade Rumors 2014: Zach Lowe calls the Atlanta Hawks a 'wildcard' at deadline

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Grantland's Zach Lowe lists the Atlanta Hawks as one of four wildcards to keep an eye on at the trade deadline and offers up a tidbit on Danny Ferry and point guard Jeff Teague.

The rumor mill is starting to churn but it is anyone's guess at how active this year's trade deadline will be. We have already touched on the subject in regards to the Hawks but Grantland's Zach Lowe lists Atlanta as one of four "wildcard" teams that could make a big splash.

Danny Ferry, true to Spurs form, is radio silent, and Lou Williams's decline has robbed him of a once intriguing piece. This is a solid roster filled with talented players on movable contracts, but that can cut both ways. The Hawks might be happy landing the no. 3 spot in a turd conference, staying lean, and keeping the war chest intact for whatever comes down the line. But they could also act if a talent they like becomes available, and sources around the NBA continue to insist Ferry is not in love with Jeff Teague's four-year, $32 million deal. Don't sleep on the Hawks.

A couple of things jump out here. Lowe mentions what we have already talked about that Ferry could stand pat and try to compete for the best playoff positioning that can be obtained. Lowe also mentions breaking up one of the core and mentions that Ferry isn't "in love" with Jeff Teague's four-year deal.

That is interesting on a couple of different levels. The Hawks matched a four-year offer sheet from Milwaukee Bucks this summer to retain Teague even after he indicated that his desire for the team not to do so. He then enjoyed a breakout start to the season but has been really inconsistent since Al Horford was lost for the season.

It's possible that Teague was the best option for the Hawks this summer and that contract is a fair value for a player of his caliber. However, that doesn't prevent Atlanta from looking for an upgrade and with Dennis Schröder waiting in the wings it might not be too surprising if Teague finishes out his contract in a different uniform.  Another thing to keep in mind is that by signing Milwaukee's offer sheet, Teague has veto power over any deal this season.

It will be interesting to see what names come up as the deadline draws closer and if the Hawks show any interest.

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