The Philadelphia 76ers and the Atlanta Hawks are discussing the possible trade of Jeff Teague for Nerlens Noel this offseason, according to the league sources.
Atlanta is interested in parting ways with Teague to retain Al Horford and to make room for Dennis Schroeder.
The 76ers are considering to trade either Jahlil Okafor or Nerlens Noel to rebuild for next season. Jeff Teague becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2017, while Noel will hit the free agency as a restricted agent in the same summer, according to a report published in Real GM.
The Hawks are bracing for the possibility of Al Horford leaving Atlanta in free agency this season. For the Sixers, who are looking forward to bouncing back after a disastrous season, the priority is to acquire a high-end starting point guard. 28-year-old Teague was selected in the NBA All-star team in 2015.
The Hawks wanted to break up its veteran core comprising Al Horford, Paul Millsap, and Teague before the February deadline. They discussed trade but finally kept the team intact. Atlanta played the Eastern Conference semifinals. Teague posted averages of 15.7 points, 5.9 assists and 2.7 rebounds in 79 games in his seventh season with the Hawks.
Noel, however, was the sixth overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft by the Pelicans and was later acquired by the 76ers. The 22-year-old averaged 11.1 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.5 blocks for Philadelphia this season. The fact that the 76ers own the top draft pick in the upcoming June 23 NBA draft and are likely to select either Ben Simmons or Brandon Ingram paves the way for Noel‘s trade. They also have Okafor, Joel Embiid and Dario Saric in the front court and can afford to trade Noel for a star guard.
Both teams have discussed the deal, but an agreement isn’t imminent, as revealed by the sources.
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