The rumor mill has been in full swing for the Atlanta Hawks who have reportedly been taking calls on players up and down the roster. However, as the trade deadline approaches, the Atlanta may be backing down from actually pulling the trigger on a serious team altering deal. The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Atlanta is telling rival teams that they plan to keep their team intact at the deadline.
Sources: Atlanta's expressing its intentions to rivals that Hawks plan to keep team intact at deadline, holding onto Horford and key guards.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 18, 2016
The Hawks had reportedly been listening to offers for free agent to be Al Horford and starting point guard Jeff Teague among others. The asking price, however, was said to be very high and that Atlanta might have been more interested in gauging the players value in advance of this summer.
The Vertical's Chris Mannix adds that teams are reporting that Atlanta has pulled Jeff Teague's name off the table and that the team was never all in on moving him.
Teams monitoring Atlanta have started to hear: Jeff Teague is off the table. Hawks never been all in on moving their starting point guard.— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixYS) February 18, 2016
The trade deadline is set for 3 p.m. ET and we will be following along until it is over but it is sounding more and more like Atlanta may be standing pat.