Just when you thought the Hawks were set for the draft in a few weeks, they make a deal to keep many questioning what they’ll plan to do on the 20th.
A win-win for both teams
This move helps both teams to meet their specific goals going into the offseason. The Nets are in position to be players for some of the top free agents. One name that has surfaced is Kyrie Irving and it’s been said that the Nets are high on his list. Not only do they have enough cap space to sign Irving, but they could pair him up with another solid free agent as well (KD maybe?)
The Hawks already had five picks in this draft, but who said it would be bad to have six? Travis Schlenk stated that he didn’t plan to keep all the picks, which means a trade is coming. The Hawks now have the option to trade up to move into the top five of the draft to get the player they want. With Prince’s departure, it’s almost a sure sign they’ll be drafting a wing player. Jarrett Culver, DeAndre Hunter, and Cam Reddish are the top wings in this draft, and moving up to get one of them would help the Hawks fill a major void.
The Hawks also got Allen Crabbe’s expiring contract, which will help the Hawks clear even more cap space in 2020. While he’s here, Crabbe will be a great asset to come off the bench with his ability to space the floor with his 3-point shooting. With Prince not fitting into Pierce’s system, it was good move to trade him now instead of contemplating on keeping him on the roster. Prince’s services will be greatly appreciated in Brooklyn with his skillset on offense.
With the draft next week, the Hawks have a lot of decisions to make, but there is only one right choice to be made. I’ll be giving out who I think the Hawks will pick in an upcoming article, so stay tuned.
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