With the NBA trade deadline quickly approaching, rumors have surfaced that the Atlanta Hawks are considering breaking up their All-Star core and moving the likes of Al Horford, Jeff Teague, and Kyle Korver. Per ESPN's Brian Windhorst, Hawks management doubts the long-term ability of the current roster to compete for a championship.
Sources with knowledge of the team's thinking say that Hawks management and ownership have conceded internally that unless Atlanta can recapture the magic of last season's run -- when it went 60-22 and claimed the East's top seed -- this season's team is a fringe contender.
Portland was not mentioned as a team linked to any of the three in Windhorst's report, but with loads of cap space and a creative general manager, the Blazers could be one possible suitor in play.
Horford is in the final year of his contract and looks to be in for a massive payday this off-season. Teague is on a team-friendly deal that will pay him $8 million next year, but Hawks management is high on second-year point guard Dennis Schroder. Korver seems the least likely of the three to be moved.
Windhorst also reports that Hawks management is worried that blowing up the team would eventually lead to a rebuild, something they would like to avoid.
Read all Windhorst's report on the situation here.
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