The Atlanta Hawks have been in a lot of NBA trade rumors involving Al Horford, Jeff Teague and other players but hours before the trade deadline on Thursday, a report state that the Hawks franchise is now willing to stay put and stick with their current core this season.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reported the update on Thursday to put a stop on the trade rumors involving Atlanta Hawks players.
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
Initial reports claim this week that the Hawks were exploring trades for both Horford and Teague. Horford is a free agent after the 2015-2016 NBA Season and it was believed that the Hawks wanted to trade him before the deadline rather than lose him in free agency for nothing.
The Hawks are in fourth place in the Eastern Conference with 31 wins against 24 losses at the All-Star break. Atlanta reportedly considered trading Horford, who drew interest from a lot of teams including the New York Knicks, Houston Rockets and Boston Celtics, according to trade rumors earlier this week.
The latest report had Horford and Teague going to the Rockets, who will send Dwight Howard to Atlanta and also involves the Miami Heat, the destination for both Horford and Teague. The Rockets would have gotten Hassan Whiteside and Goran Dragic in the reported three-way deal.
Horford is the team’s second leading scorer at 15.3 points per game and second leading rebounder at 6.9 rebounds per game. Horford is seen as one of the top players available in the 2016 free agency along with the likes of Kevin Durant, Andre Drummond, DeMar DeRozan, Bradley Beal, Pau Gasol and Nicolas Batum, among others.
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