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Thabo Sefolosha Trade Rumors: Latest News and Speculation on Hawks SF

Atlanta Hawks' Thabo Sefolosha (25) in action during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, in Indianapolis. Indiana won 111-92. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistFebruary 17, 2016

Forward Thabo Sefolosha has spent the past two seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, but he is reportedly garnering interest on the trade market with Thursday's deadline approaching. 

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Report: Kings Interested in Sefolosha

Wednesday, Feb. 17

According to ESPN's Chris Broussard, the Sacramento Kings may attempt to acquire the 31-year-old Swiss veteran as they value his defensive capabilities.

Sefolosha has previously enjoyed stints with the Chicago Bulls and Oklahoma City Thunder. While he is somewhat limited offensively with a career scoring average of just 5.8 points per game, he is regarded as an elite perimeter defender.

The former first-round pick of the Philadelphia 76ers is enjoying one of his most productive years from a statistical perspective with 6.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.2 steals per game in 49 contests, while also shooting a career-best 51.8 percent from the field.

Sefolosha missed 30 regular-season games in 2014-15, including the Hawks' entire playoff run to the Eastern Conference Finals after suffering a broken leg while getting arrested outside a New York City nightclub. It was later determined by the Civilian Complaint Review Board that the arresting officers used unlawful abuse of authority, per ESPN.com's Kevin Arnovitz.

The versatile wingman has bounced back to enjoy a strong season for the Hawks, who currently sit fourth in the Eastern Conference standings.

Sefolosha has one year remaining on his contract at $3.85 million, per Spotrac.com. That would make the decision to deal him now somewhat bizarre for a Hawks team that has a legitimate chance to at least repeat a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Sacramento, on the other hand, is 4.5 games out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference, and it could certainly use a lockdown defender to go along with its elite offensive talent.

The Kings' interest in Sefolosha is understandable since they haven't made the postseason since 2006, but since Sefolosha is the type of player the Hawks will most likely need in order to make tough stops in the playoffs, dealing him would be a tough sell to their fanbase.

 

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