An old Hawks friend is expected to be dangled on trade market

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Ahead of a pivotal offseason for the Hawks, in which many expect sweeping changes to come for Atlanta’s roster, a couple of old friends could also see themselves a part of trades.

A few weeks ago, a report surfaced that John Collins could potentially be in trade talks once again. According to Michael Scotto, the Jazz have several potential items on their offseason agenda, including “potentially exploring the trade market” for Collins.

Another piece from that 2021 Eastern Conference Finals run could face a similar reality this Summer too — Kevin Huerter.

The Hawks dealt Huerter to the Kings a few years ago for Justin Holiday, Moe Harkless, and a future draft pick. Essentially, it was a salary dump in what should be attributed to the club’s ownership.

Chris Kirschner of The Athletic was the Hawks beat reporter for years before taking a role within the company to cover the Yankees. He tweeted that the trade was an abomination and implied it came down from ownership.

In his first season with the Kings, Huerter made the Hawks look like fools. He averaged 15.2 points on 48.5% shooting from the field and over 40% from three-point land.

However, he took a step back this past season. In Mike Brown’s system, Huerter struggled defensively and eventually lost minutes to Davion Mitchell and Keon Ellis. His shot also wasn’t falling as reliably as it had the previous year.

Despite the wonky fit defensively and shooting struggles, Kevin Huerter will have a trade market because his skill set is coveted by a lot of NBA clubs. The Kings owe Huerter nearly $17 million this upcoming season and nearly $18 million the following, but that’s more than a palatable price for a guy who is canning 40% of his threes.

Photographer: David Jensen/Icon Sportswire

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