Teague for Noel? Hawks’ trade rumor doesn’t make complete sense

What would the Hawks' acquisition of Philadelphia's Nerlens Noel (left) mean for free agent Al Horford and power forward Paul Millsap (not pictured)? (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

What would the Hawks’ acquisition of Philadelphia’s Nerlens Noel (left) mean for free agent Al Horford and power forward Paul Millsap (not pictured)? (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The NBA draft is three weeks away, which means it’s the height of trade rumor season, which coincidentally often correlates with the height of, “Watch me plant this doozy” season in the offices of several general managers and agents. So with that caveat, we bring you this . . .

Jeff Teague for Nerlens Noel. Interesting.

“The Vertical,” Yahoo sports’ basketball-focused website, is reporting that the Hawks “recently” discussed a trade with Philadelphia that would send Teague, their starting point guard, to the Sixers for Nerlens Noel, the two-year center/power forward out of Kentucky. There are a few things about this alleged proposed deal that make sense:

• The Hawks aren’t likely to bring back both of their point guards, Teague and Dennis Schroder, and seem more likely to move Teague, who has one year left on his contract. This won’t be the last of many rumors you will read or hear involving both players. It behooves the Hawks to have as much chatter as possible out there in hopes of bettering the trade market for both players.

• The Sixers have a mandate to contend for a playoff berth next season, which would be quite a leap for a team that finished 10-72 this season. That likely means acquiring a veteran player or two to go with all of their youth. Noel (11.1 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.5 blocks) and Jahlil Oakafor (17.5, 7.0, 1.1) are the most likely suspects, as Philly reportedly was not thrilled with how well the two played together last season. Philly also is expected to draft LSU forward Ben Simmons and has 7-footer Joel Embiid (who has yet to play because of multiple foot surgeries), so there’s a log-jam of front line players.

Here’s the part of the deal that doesn’t completely make sense. If the Hawks intend to acquire Noel, it’s obviously with the intent of starting him. If we operate on the assumption that free agent  Al Horford re-signs with the team — and I still believe that’s the safe assumption — the deal would set up a front line of Noel, Horford and Paul Millsap. I’m having some difficulty picturing Millsap starting at small forward, even though he has played there some.

Could Noel be an insurance move if Horford doesn’t want to come back? Sure. In that case, a sign-and-trade involving Horford becomes a realistic scenario because it would allow Horford to get his max deal and the Hawks to get assets in return.

But I still believe Horford will be back — and I also think Teague is going to be somewhere else.

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tyger
tyger

Hawks Easy Button 2.5


Shroder       Goodwin        Whitehead #44

Hardaway   Korver            McCaw #21

Rudy Gay   Teletovic         McLemore      

Horford       Teletovic         Poythress #54

Splitter        Humphries     Tavares


http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=gw66u8y 

tyger
tyger

N.Noel for J.Teague...


Doesn't knock your socks off...

Not even equal value...

But beneficial...


Increases cap space for FA signings...

Young, raw, highly touted BIG...

BIGS harder to find than smalls...


Splitter injured...

Mike Scott in limbo...

Tavares questionable...

Muscala non-guaranteed...

Horford, Humphries FA...


So there is a need...


Is he a starter? Maybe, maybe not...

Starting for 76ers means very little...

Apparently odd-man out post-draft...

If 76ers dont want you...hmmmm...


Was he being shopped whole time?


Rather have Okafor...now thats interesting...

Similar cap-savings for better player...


tyger
tyger

Post-computer simulation review: N.Noel sucks, cancel trade immediately...

etherdome
etherdome


Al has been a work horse at Center, but I believe that in his heart, he is a power forward.  This trade makes sense only if another major move is planned.  My guess is that Horford will be moved to PF and Milsap will get traded.  Who can we acquire for Milsap?




tyger
tyger

Only rumors, so no panic yet, but..


Another cap-saving move...

Teague's $8M for Noel's $3.5M...


N. Noel alone does not move the needle...

2014 All-star for one-dimensional player... 

On the upside...he is a useful rim protector...


But Sixers three 1st rd picks interesting...#1, #24, #26 

Obviously, #1 Ben Simmons untouchable...

But #24 or #26 in combo w Hawks #21...

Creates some flexibility...move up? 

Draft two? Package in trade?


Alot of good players down there...




dirtyo11
dirtyo11

Sign and trade Horford for Cousin. 

Trade Teague and Korver for Butler 

C- Cousin 

PF - Milsap 

SF - Bazemore 

SG - Butler

PG - Schroder 

dirtyo11
dirtyo11

Sign and trade Horford for Cousin. 

Trade Teague and Korver for Butler 

C- Cousin 

PF - Milsap 

SF - 

SG - Butler

PG - Schroder 

ScubaSteve
ScubaSteve

PULL THE TRIGGER.


Sign & Trade Al. Everyone wins.