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NBA Trade Rumor: Danny Green to Atlanta for Al Horford seems ridiculous

It's either just a rumor, or completely fabricated. Here's why it'll never happen.

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Here's a something I wasn't expecting today: an NBA trade rumor featuring the San Antonio Spurs' Danny Green and the Atlanta Hawks' Al Horford that's been thrown out by something called Morning News USA. And it goes a little something like this:

With Tim Duncan in the twilight of his career, the Spurs are forecasting a future front court comprising of Horford and LaMarcus Aldridge. Horford, on the trading block for several weeks, fits all the criterion of the model Spur.

Are they? It's the first I've heard of it, but I'm listening. Go on.

Horford has thrived under Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer - who is a protégé of Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. Therefore, the transition would be seamless. Danny Green, too, will fit perfectly with Atlanta's system. The 3-and-D specialist is familiar with Budenholzer, who spent more than 15 seasons as Popovich's assistant coach.

So the dollars would work, but that's the last logic there is to this, because the byline-less article goes on to propose Jonathon Simmons taking Green's place with the starters. But I can't understand why the Spurs trade Danny now that his threes are falling again? He's hitting .491 since January. And Simmons is doing great for a rookie, but does anyone think Pop is ready to trust him guarding Klay Thompson in the WCF?

For the Spurs to make a move in the middle of the season when they're playing so well, I can't see it.