The NBA trade deadline is today, and there have been a number of moves around the league. Some teams are trading for players to make a final playoff run after the All-Star break. Other teams are trying to clear up cap space to land major free agents in the off season. And then you have teams like the Hawks, who are trying to acquire draft picks and young players to their core. There have been rumors that the Hawks have been linked to numerous trades, but nothing has happened so far. There may be one or two moves today, but don’t expect anything big.
Who to move?
The Hawks are trying to move the veterans on their team to playoff contending teams that may need depth. There have been talks since last season that Kent Bazemore will be traded, and it hasn’t happened yet, probably because of his contract. He had been linked to the Rockets forever, but they just acquired Iman Shumpert, a player as the same caliber as Bazemore. Dewayne Dedmon has come up on trade talks for any team that is looking for a servicable center to add to their depth. Jeremy Lin has also had a good season for the Hawks coming off the bench, and it possible there is a team that’s looking for a scoring guard for their second unit.
What the Hawks want
Of course the Hawks want draft picks and young players, but what players would they have in mind? A player that has floated around in trade talks is Markelle Fultz. After a disappointing start to his career, and the 76ers looking to win now, there may be a chance that Fultz is moved. The Sixers need depth at center, and Dedmon may be the player they’re looking for to back up Joel Embiid. The question is how much do the Sixers value Fultz, and what else are they looking for in a trade with the Hawks. After struggling for most of the season, Taurean Prince could be added in the trade, as he could be a player with high upside and good depth for Philly. The Hawks are getting back a player with potential to be a good player in the league, and if it pans out could be a nice piece to the young core.
What if everything fails?
Last year the Hawks didn’t make any big trades, but they did have two buyout agreements. Marco Belinelli and Ersan Ilyasova were the names to be traded before the deadline, but it never happened. The Hawks may be forced to do the same with some of their players on the roster this time too if nothing goes as planned. Jeremy Lin and Dedmon may be the top two choices, but we’ll have to wait and see if a team is willing to give up some assets for the players.
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