Report: Robert Covington and Nik Stauskas could be involved in 76ers’ and Hawks’ Nerlens Noel-Jeff Teague trade
The 76ers and Hawks are reportedly discussing a trade centered around Nerlens Noel and Jeff Teague.
Who else is involved?
Teague would give Philadelphia much-needed help at point guard, and the 76ers are overloaded at big-man spots with Noel, Jahlil Okafor, Joel Embiid and presumably Ben Simmons and Dario Saric. But Noel – about six years younger, headed toward restricted free agency rather than unrestricted in 2017 and eligible for a smaller max contract – is far more valuable than Teague.
The fit and short-term upgrade aren’t worth losing Noel for Philadelphia.
So, how do Covington and Stauskas fit in this trade?
Covington – under contract for the next two years at $1,015,696 and $1,087,745 – is also more valuable than Teague in a vacuum. Sure, Covington could use more minutes at power forward, but he can also play the small forward. Teams can’t get enough 3-and-D wings. Trading Noel for Teague would be bad. Trading Noel and Covington for Teague would be comical.
Stauskas is far more expendable after two seasons of minus outside shooting. But just 22 and on his rookie-scale contract, he still has positive value.
I wouldn’t overreact to these partial leaks about the potential trade. We have far from a full picture about what either side would accept.
But, at some point, we have to hear about more assets going from Atlanta to Philadelphia – or ready the torches and pitchforks for 76ers fans to run off the Colangelos.