The Atlanta Hawks didn’t experience the season they hoped for after reaching the Eastern Conference Finals the previous season. The Hawks are now 24-26, and there are definitely areas they can improve on before this year’s trade deadline.
The Hawks will have to make some interesting moves in the next couple of weeks if they want to return to the Eastern Conference final, so let’s take a look at some of the moves that might help the Atlanta Hawks through this year’s deadline.
While all of these deals can be tough, some rival teams will overspend and will have to return a big package due to players’ salaries. Not all of these deals are likely, but rival teams will do their best to improve, which could lead to some unusual deals, as we’ve seen in the past.
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The best deals the Hawks should make before the NBA trade deadline
Golden State gets: John Collins
Atlanta Hawks Got: James Wiseman, Jonathan Cominga, Kevin Looney
Although the Golden State Warriors have made it seem that trading any of these three players is unlikely, they might consider it because they are in a must-win scenario. James Wiseman has the potential to be a very good player in this league one day, and the Hawks could benefit from that not just now, but in the future with Trae Young.
When considering whether Golden State would make the move, it makes sense that they’d get a better player out of all the three players they throw away. Golden State will get someone who can make an immediate impact for a team that needs to win a championship in the next few seasons due to the fact that some of their stars are approaching older parts of their careers.
The Hawks are said to be trying to trade John Collins, and while they won’t get men who can make an immediate impact for them, it’s something they should consider.
Celtics got: Georgie Deng, Dillon Wright
Get the Hawk: Marcus Smart
This is an intriguing situation, and while the Hawks may not want to trade any of these players, the truth is that they may not get any minutes in match time. Marcus Smart would be exactly what the Atlanta Hawks need in a goalkeeper who can defend at a high level. The main problem for the Hawks now is that they have a below average guard defense due to Trae Young. It’s not a huge concern because Trae Young is one of the best point guards in the NBA, and despite being a below average defender, he’ll make up for it on the offensive end.
If the Hawks want to repeat their success from last season, they may have to face the Brooklyn Nets and the Milwaukee Bucks again. When the Nets come to town with James Harden and Kyrie Irving, they’re going to need someone who can at least try to slow them down. Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton had an exceptional streak against the Hawks in the Eastern Conference Finals showdown, demonstrating their lack of depth of guard.
Marcus Smart is said to be on his way out of Boston, and the deal with the Atlanta Hawks isn’t the best ever, but it’s something they might consider.
Thunder gets Jalen Johnson, 2022 first-round pick
Get the Hawks: Kenrich Williams
There has been a lot of speculation that the Atlanta Hawks are interested in trading for Kenrich Williams, and this is something they should seriously consider. According to various reports, the Thunder is only looking for a first-round pick against him, but if they want more, the Hawks may choose to trade Johnson. Atlanta will be making the necessary moves to try and make their team as good as possible in the playoffs, despite the fact that Jalen Johnson is still a young man in his career, he doesn’t necessarily fit any role for this Hawks at the moment.
Kenrich Williams won’t dazzle anyone, but he can play a top-tier defense, which the Falcons will be looking for on the trade deadline.
Six players get: John Collins, Danilo Gallinari, 2022 first-round pick
The Falcons get: Ben Simmons, Furkan Korkmaz
This is the most interesting option, although it seems unlikely given the Sixers’ desire to win back their top 25 talent for Ben Simmons. Although John Collins is not a top 25 player, depending on the game he plays, he can be considered a top 30 to 35 player. He’s one of those players who might play better after leaving Atlanta because he doesn’t get enough attention on the offensive side of the ball, which has only exacerbated his situation there.
The Hawks will receive Ben Simmons, and while he’s not the greatest player ever, he’s arguably the best defender in the league, which is something Atlanta should take care of.