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NBA Rumor Central: Could Jeff Teague end up in Philly?

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There have been rumors in recent days that the Philadelphia 76ers are looking at trade options regarding centers Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor. On Thursday, Shams Charania of The Vertical reported the Sixers have talked to the Atlanta Hawks about a deal sending Noel to Atlanta and point guard Jeff Teague to Philadelphia.

According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Sixers could include small forward Robert Covington and shooting guard Nik Stauskas, or just one of the players in the trade. Per Keith Pompey, the Sixers tried to acquire Dennis Schroder from the Hawks in February and the proposal had Stauskas going to Atlanta.

Teague, a seven-year NBA veteran, has a contract that expires after the 2016-17 season, and there have been rumblings that he wants to move on. For that reason, there is a good chance Teague will be dealt at some point. Teague averaged 15.7 points, 5.9 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game this season. If Teague is traded, a $600,000 bonus will be added to his $8 million salary for 2016-17.

Noel will enter next season in the fourth year of his rookie-scale contract and will be a restricted free agent in 2017 if he doesn't sign an extension by the Oct. 31 deadline. Noel really took off after Sixers head coach Brett Brown shifted him from power forward to center, and for the season he averaged 11.1 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, 1.8 steals and 1.8 assists per game.

Stauskas has struggled during his two years in the NBA and will be an unrestricted free agent in 2017 if the Sixers decline his team option for the 2017-18 season. Covington has no salary protection the next two years and could be waived at any time.