Report: Hawks shopping Nos. 12 and 21 picks to impress Al Horford

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The Hawks just traded their starting point guard (Jeff Teague) so they could elevate a younger point guard (Dennis Schroder) and acquire a draft pick (No. 12).

That doesn’t usually impress veteran free agents who want to win now.

But when it comes to re-signing Horford, Atlanta has a plan.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

That suggests the Hawks want to deal their picks for a veteran, not to move up in the draft. A better rookie might be more valuable¬†than two lesser rookies, but no rookie outside Ben Simmons or Brandon Ingram is likely to sway Horford. And the 76ers or Lakers aren’t dealing the No. 1 or No. 2 pick for Nos. 12 and 21, anyway.

Could Atlanta get a quality veteran for those picks? Potentially. First-rounders are especially valuable this year.

But I’m always reluctant to believe there’s a great trade out there just waiting to be made. If there were, why not make the Teague deal a four-team trade and just acquire the veteran now? Maybe the Hawks have something up their sleeves, but just hoping for a quality player to fall into their lap for Nos. 12 and 21 seems like wishful thinking.