NBA Trade Rumors: 15 Teams That Should Trade For Al Horford

Feb 5, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford (15) shows emotion after a made shot against the Indiana Pacers in the fourth quarter at Philips Arena. The Hawks defeated the Pacers 102-96. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 5, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford (15) shows emotion after a made shot against the Indiana Pacers in the fourth quarter at Philips Arena. The Hawks defeated the Pacers 102-96. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nov 4, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks forward Al Horford (15) defends Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) in the third quarter at Philips Arena. The Hawks defeated the Nets 101-87. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports /

2. Brooklyn Nets

If it weren’t for Horford’s impending free agency, this would be a no-brainer for the Brooklyn Nets and their owner. Yes, Nets fans, that’s even with Rondae Hollis-Jefferson included in the deal.

The Nets are currently a franchise with no hope. Their best players are Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young, who are unlikely to appeal to free agents over the summer. Their next first round draft pick might not be until 2019 unless they trade for one in the next few days. They have no incentive to lose, but they also don’t have enough talent to prevent them from doing so.

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  • Enter Al Horford and Jeff Teague, players who fit owner Mikhail Prokhorov’s desire to field a more competitive team next season. Would the Nets be better off trading their assets for first round picks to initiate a full-scale rebuild? Absolutely. But this is the exact kind of move Prokhorov would mull given his short-term approach to winning.

    Teague would be signed on for another year, and the Nets would be able to use as much cap space as needed to make Horford the five-year, $144.5 million max offer other teams might shy away from. Teague would provide the team with a franchise point guard and Horford would be an upgrade over Lopez at the center spot — provided he stuck around in free agency.

    For the Hawks, they’d be getting a more than serviceable replacement for Horford, they’d be turning the team over to Dennis Schroder with Shane Larkin backing him up, and they’d be getting a juicy young two-way prospect in Hollis-Jefferson — a rookie who’s a jump shot away from being a stud.

    However, even Prokhorov would have to admit there’d be substantial risk in trading his team’s best player for a guy who could bolt in five months. If Brooklyn were to trade Lopez, they’d be better off moving him for a package including as many picks as possible, not a 27-year-old and a 29-year-old who might leave at their earliest convenience.

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