The Hawks made plenty of moves this off-season making many tweaks to the roster. They added a mixture of young promising talent, and veterans that bring a sense of leadership. Atlanta had arguably one of the best summers for many reasons. One, they got two really good lottery picks. And two, they cleared cap space for the future.
Atlanta made the necessary moves on draft night. By Starting with them trading the 8th, 17th, and 35th pick to the Pelicans for the 4th pick. With that pick the Hawks selected Virginia standout De’Andre Hunter. Who will be a great fit next to Trae Young and John Collins. His versatility is what the Hawks liked the most about his game. He adds another aspect to the defense with his length and size. And with the 10th pick, the Hawks snagged Cam Reddish. He is a deadeye shooter who stands at 6-6/207. His size and versatility and potential to be a two way player is what is most enticing to the Hawks organization.
The Atlanta Hawks acquired a collection of vets that are seasoned in the NBA. So, the front office decided to trade Kent Bazemore and his expiring contract for Evan Turner. Atlanta wanted to create cap space, and they did just that by sending the $19 million dollars that is owed to Bazemore. But on the other hand, Turner is a solid pickup. He is a guard that can slow the game down for the young Atlanta Hawks.
Before the draft the Hawks traded Taurean Prince and a 2021 draft pick for Allen Crabb and a conditional 2020 pick. And they also got the 17th pick, which was traded to the Pelicans. Although Prince was a nice piece for the future of the Hawks, Allen Crabbe will bring more shooting to the team.
Atlanta wasn’t done just yet though. They flipped Solomon Hill and his horrendous contract and traded him and Miles Plumlee to the Grizzlies in exchange for Chandler Parsons. This will be an opportunity for Parsons to regain relevance after being injured for so long. Before his injury’s Parsons was a great shooter and slasher. So, this will be the perfect fir for him, since the Hawks want to get up and down the court.
Travis Schlenk than made a call to his old stomping grounds. He traded promising young talent Omari Spellman to the Warriors for big man Damian Jones and a 2026 second round pick. Jones will provide depth to the roster and has the potential to be a very servable big man for years to come.
Free agent signing
And lastly the Hawks signed Jabari Parker to a two year deal worth $13 million. Parker is still proving to the league that he is more than a role player. For his career he has averaged 15.1 ppg and 5.7 rpg and he will flourish in the Hawks high octane offense. Parker is projected to come off the bench, which will be a great role for him to add scoring for the second unit.
Way to early prediction
The moves that were made by the organization were all the right ones. The young core of the Hawks is at the top of the league, and the trades and signings that were made will only help the team grow. The Hawks know that the team is a couple of years away from really competing for a title. But don’t be surprised if the Hawks capture a playoff birth next post season.
Record prediction – (40-42) and will be the 8th seed in the East.
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