Atlanta Hawks star Al Horford has a contract that runs below market value through 2015-16, meaning he could be a trade chip this season.
Al Horford was shopped around to a few select teams last year, and the Atlanta Hawks may end up doing that again this year if the market deems him valuable enough to go in on. The chances of that are rather high too, as Horford is a near elite player when he’s at 100 percent, which is something contending teams have made note of in the past.
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Something else that has been made note of is that Horford is not always the most healthy player on the court, which has sunk his value. Still, there’s something there that is desirable about Horford and it’s something teams may check in on.
According to Grantland’s Zach Lowe, the Hawks indeed dangled Horford on the trade block last year to a select few teams, and may do so again this year.
"A healthy Horford is a top-20 player on a below-market contract that runs through 2015-16 — long enough that some team could talk itself into gambling on him. He could net a hefty return for the Hawks, who have been happily skipping down the “pretty good with cap room” path under Danny Ferry."
Atlanta is looking to be better than they’ve been in the recent past — which has been just good enough to get by. Even with that being the strategy, Atlanta has put together seasons in which they nearly popped in the postseason including last year when they almost bounced the No. 1 seed Indiana Pacers.
But it appears that blowing up the roster to get a better base foundation is what the Hawks may attempt and trading Horford would be a sure-fire sign of that.
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