The Atlanta Hawks are heading into the offseason in a very disappointed mood after getting swept again by the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Hawks will have some major decisions to make regarding some of its top players like Al Horford, Kent Bazemore, Jeff Teague and Dennis Schröder.
Horford will be a free agent this summer with teams like the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers ready to sign him. On the other hand, Teague and Schröde are two of the top point guards in the NBA and it seems like the Hawks will need to choose between the two of them.
According to the latest NBA rumors, the Brooklyn Nets could be a destination for Jeff Teague, who will be a free agent at the end of the 2016-17 season. Even though Teague is a former All-Star, Schröder is the younger player and he was used more during the series against the Cavs.
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In a report by ESPN, the Nets are in need of a point guard and Teague could be their answer. He only has a salary of $8 million next season and he is close to their next head coach, Kenny Atkinson.
The soon-to-be former Hawks assistant coach can facilitate a trade that will get him an immediate starting point guard. In his seven seasons in the NBA, Teague has career averages of 12.1 points, 2.2 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.2 steals per game.
Besides the Nets, teams that could target Teague via trade this offseason include the New York Knicks and San Antonio Spurs. He was also reportedly shopped by the Hawks at the trade deadline with the Philadelphia 76ers showing interest.
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The 27-year-old guard also fueled the rumors of him leaving Atlanta by posting a photo of a peace sign in his private Instagram account. Many Hawks fans are already speculating that it is a symbol of him saying goodbye.
Jeff just posted this on Instagram. He’s denied prior posts having any meaning. But yeah pic.twitter.com/csGv7uRrod
— Hawks Nation (@ATLHawkNation) May 9, 2016
As for Schröder, he has expressed since last year that he wants to be a starter in the NBA. If Teague gets traded, the 22-year-old German will be the team’s point guard of the future.
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