Celtics rumors central: Boston targets Al Horford, Jeff Teague

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Jeff Teague and Dennis Schroder

The Boston Celtics have reportedly inquired on the availability of All-Star guard Jeff Teague and forward Al Holford on the trading block, Massachusetts Live writer Chris Mannix reported on Saturday.

Mannix said he has been told by a league source that the Hawks are ready to give the starting point guard role to their young German playmaker Dennis Schroeder, making Teague a potential trade candidate at deadline.

Although Teague is still averaging 14.5 points and 5.5 assists per game, the Hawks front-office believes trading the fleet-footed guard could net them valuable assets in return.

“Atlanta, I’ve been told, is ready to turn the page, to give the team to Dennis Schroeder, their young point guard,who is ready to step up and be a starter,” Mannix stressed. “Teague is available because Teague has some value. He has another year left on his contract, about $8 million per year, and teams across the league are looking to get him.

The Celtics, while they already have a budding playmaker in Marcus Smart, could still make a bid for Teague, as they look to add more experience in the backcourt.

Aside from Teague, the Celtics are also interested in Horford, who is in the final year of his contract.

Horford is averaging 15.2 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game (ESPN stats) and looks to be a weird fit for the Celtics, who already have several frontline players on their roster. However, Mannix stressed that a multiple-time All-Star like Horford is the kind of player Celtics general manager Danny Ainge is willing to put a risk on.

“It would be a gamble going after Al Horford because Al Horford is in the last year of his deal and he’s going to command a salary north of $20 million next year. But as we know and as I just said, Danny Ainge is a gambling GM. He could make a move like that too.”

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