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Pacers Offer George Hill For Jeff Teague

The Pacers have inquired with the Hawks about trading for Jeff Teague, proposing a swap involving George Hill, while the Magic also loom as a potential suitor for Teague, sources told Kevin Arnovitz and Brian Windhorst of It’s unclear how receptive Atlanta has been to the Pacers idea, nor what the Magic would be willing to give, though Orlando has reportedly become at least somewhat willing to trade Tobias Harris and is on the lookout for veterans. The Hawks wouldn’t be seeking a sell-off if they decide to make moves before the deadline and instead would look for deals that bring back younger players who provide equal value for the present, sources close to the team tell the ESPN scribes. Hill, 29, is two years older than Teague, though Hill has played off the ball in the past, which would ostensibly make him a better fit next to emerging Hawks point guard Dennis Schröder.

The Hawks are meanwhile thinking “long and hard” about their future with Al Horford, who’s poised for unrestricted free agency this summer. The prospect of a five-year max deal, which would pay a 34-year-old Horford an estimated $32.7MM in the final season, is giving the Hawks pause, sources said to Arnovitz and Windhorst. The Celtics have reportedly gauged Atlanta’s interest in trading both Horford and Teague, while the Pistons have been linked to Horford. Arnovitz and Windhorst write that several teams would “potentially” show interest in Horford if the Hawks put him on the block, and in the next sentence they name the Celtics, Nuggets and Magic as the teams that have been the most aggressive in efforts to land a “veteran difference maker.” It’s thus unclear if Denver and Orlando are indeed mulling runs at Horford.

Complicating the idea of a Horford trade is an injury to center Tiago Splitter. The former Spur is considering surgery on a lingering hip ailment and will be out for an “extended period” even if he doesn’t have a procedure, Arnovitz and Windhorst write. Plus, Hawks coach/executive Mike Budenholzer views Horford and Kyle Korver as locker room mainstays, the ESPN scribes note. The Cavs are fond of Korver, as Windhorst said in a radio appearance earlier today, but he isn’t the likeliest among the Hawks to end up in a trade, Arnovitz and Windhorst write.

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5 thoughts on “Pacers Offer George Hill For Jeff Teague

  1. Harris for Teague is intriguing. Hawks get a wing to play opposite Korver and Millsap with Schroeder taking over at point. Magic get a all start PG to play with Oladipo allowing Payton to become a 6th man and Fournier/Gordon to get more PT. I bet the magic want Hardaway or Holiday to add to their wing depth

  2. Adam K

    Why would Atlanta ever accept George Hill for Teague?!? Even the Knicks could offer a better package than that.

    • While I will partially agree with you there, the Knicks have little to actually offer. Melo and Porzingas is too much so Afflalo would be the next valuable piece. While he is better than Hill (this coming from a Indy fan), can the Knicks really afford to give up their only other proven scorer (Porzingas has looked promising but he’s still only half a season in)? After Afflalo, there isn’t a single player with more value than Hill on their own. A package of Thomas/Galloway/Lopez (not necessarily all three, but two of them) might be somewhat enticing but the value would still be way off. Building a deal around George Hill, Solomon Hill and maybe a second rounder or one of our younger guys not named Turner is probably more enticing than whatever the Knicks could offer outside of Melo and Porzingas.

  3. drunkTXlabRAT

    Teague and Horford need to go. they have josh smith stank on them. Hill would be a nice pick up. i think Joe Johnson should come back to ATL. Tyson Chandler would be a nice mentor for Tavares.

  4. Steve in Chicago

    Bulls should offer Gasol Hinrich Dunleavy for Korver and Horford, everybody gets a reshuffle and open cap space if it doesn’t work out. Both keep a 3pt threat next year.

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