Throughout the season, there has been chatter about the next step for the Atlanta Hawks. With a legitimate chance at the NBA Championship seemingly a pipe dream in 2016, the organization will have some interesting decisions to make with the roster in the coming months, and on Wednesday, a report emerged that links point guard Jeff Teague to an active trade market.
Adrian Wojnarowski and Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports took to the podcast airwaves for an NBA discussion, and in the closing moments of their podcast, Teague came up as a talking point.
As @WojVerticalNBA and I discuss on his podcast: Keep an eye on Atlanta before the trade deadline. Hawks been discussing Jeff Teague w/teams— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixYS) January 27, 2016
While the full podcast is certainly worth a listen, the two reporters discuss widespread chatter surrounding Teague, and while they indicate that the Hawks are "careful to say they're not shopping him", there is a lot of smoke here. Mannix shared that he thinks "Teague is the most likely to go first from Atlanta" in a possible re-tooling effort, and Wojnarowski even went as far as to say that "there's a chance that Atlanta team pushes the reset button" in the coming days.
As with all discussions involving Teague, the focus would shift toward Mike Budenholzer's willingness to hand the keys over to Dennis Schröder for the future at the position, but the dialogue indicates that the staff may be willing to do that. The contracts of Teague and Schröder both expire at the end of the 2016-2017 season, but with the age discrepancy between the two players and the restricted free agent status of Schröder at that time, it certainly makes some sense that Atlanta would go with the younger option moving forward.
At this point, this is simply speculation from two writers, but Jeff Teague moving toward the trade block certainly wouldn't be a shock at this stage and the first real evidence is beginning to appear.