The Atlanta Hawks finally made a move on Thursday night. In a three-team trade, the Hawks acquired Jeremy Lin from the Brooklyn Nets. The Hawks also received a 2025 second round pick and the right to switch 2023 picks with the Nets. The Hawks plan on keeping him on the roster. It doesn’t hurt the Hawks with his 13 million contract because it expires at the end of next season. That frees up even more cap space for them. Another thing to think about now is that there are currently three point guards on the team. That makes it even more difficult to figure out what the Hawks want to do.
Dennis is close to gone
We will probably get a statement from Travis Schlenk soon saying how all three guards can play together. The truth is, they won’t play together. This trade gave us more reason that the Hawks are close to getting rid of Dennis Schroder. The Hawks are still keeping him around because his trade market is so low. He brings a lot of talent to the game. he has some baggage outside of basketball that some teams may not want. There have been rumors that the New Orleans Pelicans may be looking to trade for him. At least we know that there’s someone out there that wants him.
A good mentor to Trae Young
It was said that Dennis would be a mentor to Trae Young in his rookie season. Things might change now. With the possibility of Schroder being almost gone, Lin offers some good leadership for Young. Lin has been around the league for some years now and has experienced the ups and downs of it. He can teach Trae some things as far as basketball and the outside world. Jeremy Lin was a basketball sensation when he was on the Knicks and the media was all over him. Things will probably be the same way with Trae since he was a hot commodity coming into the draft, so Lin can help him to handle situations in that sense.
This was a win for Lin and the Hawks. After coming off an injury that kept him out the entire season, Lin will be ready to prove himself. This is his contract year, so he will bring out his best to get the contract he thinks he deserves in 2019. For the Hawks, this gets them to the cap floor and gets them more cap space the following season. The Hawks might actually consider re-signing Lin if he has a good season for them.