This offseason the Atlanta Hawks weren’t that active in free agency. It’s noted that Travis Schlenk said that the team’s free agency would be trades. That’s exactly what happened. The Hawks traded for Jeremy Lin, which put more money on their books this season. It grants them more cap space in the future. The Hawks also traded Dennis Schroder and took on Carmelo Anthony’s 27 million dollars for the year. A buyout will happen, and that cap space will be freed up in the future.
Those trades helped the Hawks have possibly 45 million in cap space in 2019, which is enough for some big free agent signings. It’s not for certain if top tier talent would like to come play for a rebuilding team. The Hawks don’t have to make a move now. They can carry that space on into the next season. There are some intriguing names in the free agency pool these upcoming years. The front office may take a look at them.
All the Hawks fans remember the night Karl-Anthony Towns dropped 56 points on the Hawks a night after he was up playing video games with Ben Simmons. Now, what if the Hawks can be on the opposite side of that situation in the future. It is said that there have been problems within the Wolves organization and Towns. Drama with Tom Thibodeau and Jimmy Butler may run him away from a big contract extension that he can sign with the Wolves.
The Hawks would be a nice team for KAT with the space and pace style they play. He’ll be able to stretch the floor and bang down low in the paint. It’s something that Al Horford thrived at while he was in Atlanta.
This may not be that big of a reach than KAT. Klay Thompson is a proven champion, so can he be a proven leader for a team?
Many people are split on if he will re-sign with the Warriors when his contract is up or test the waters in free agency. If Thompson is looking to create his own legacy somewhere, Atlanta could a good spot. He is familiar with Lloyd Pierce and Travis Schlenk back to when he was drafted, which could play a big role in recruiting. The Hawks will also be playing in an offense similar to how he plays in Golden State. He wouldn’t have to learn anything new. Thompson could be the face of the franchise.
DeMarcus Cousins may be the best center in the league right now. He is coming off of an Achilles injury, and nobody knows if he will still be a dominant force on the court when he returns. Cousins was supposed to have a big free agency this offseason. Many teams passed on him because they were unsure of his injury. There was one team that didn’t think twice and it was the Warriors. Signing him to contract worth around five million is a deal that is good for both sides.
If Cousins does have a bounce back it’ll be for sure that he has a big payday in 2019. The Hawks should consider looking at him. He does have some baggage to bring with him, but if his play outweighs that, it shouldn’t be a problem.