It doesn’t happen very often, but teams are allowed to make trades while the postseason is ongoing, as soon as they’re eliminated from contention. With the Finals about to kick off, the Philadelphia 76ers and Atlanta Hawks are discussing a trade involving Hawks point guard Jeff Teague and Sixers big man Nerlens Noel, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.
If this deal gets done, it would appear on the surface to make a good deal of sense for both teams. The Hawks listened to offers for Teague, who has one year left on his deal at $8 million, at the trade deadline but didn’t receive anything that moved them to trade him. The Sixers, meanwhile, have a frontcourt logjam with Noel, Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor, and it will only get more crowded if (as expected) 2014 lottery pick Dario Saric joins the team from overseas and they select Ben Simmons with the first overall pick in this month’s draft. The Sixers have no long-term solution at point guard, and Teague is a proven veteran with a track record of playoff success. Noel is probably the best return the Hawks could have expected for Teague — a solid young big man who still has upside, and a good backup plan in case Al Horford leaves in free agency.