The NBA trade deadline is tomorrow, and it looks like the Atlanta Hawks are content standing pat and reassessing this offseason. However, there is a chance the team makes a move to upgrade the roster; I don’t think they’ll be sellers. Here are a few trade targets — some much more likely than others:
The Spurs are reportedly seeking an expiring contract and a second-round pick for Richardson’s services. His shooting and defense would be welcomed additions to a team struggling in those areas. He’d also provide a veteran presence for a relatively young and inexperienced Hawks team. He’s recording 11.4 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game this season while shooting 44.2% from the field and 36.2% from beyond the arc. Josh Richardson is more likely than any other trade target here.
Gary Trent Jr.
Trent Jr. is just 24 years old and is under contract through next season at $18 million, so he won’t be cheap. He’ll garner significant assets to pry him out of Toronto; then, the Hawks would likely have to hand him a contract extension to make the trade worth it. Trent Jr. is averaging 18.7 points per game and shoots 37.3% from behind the arc. This move is possible but not likely.
Jae Crowder has been a trade target for Hawks fans since he became readily available because of the veteran leadership and defense he provides. The 32-year-old is owed $10.1 million this year but can still provide quality minutes as a 3-and-D wing. The Suns have had quite a lofty asking price for Crowder, who is on an expiring contract. This doesn’t feel likely because of that.
Kevin Durant probably isn’t even available for trade, but the Nets could quickly see this situation blow up in their face. After Brooklyn traded Kyrie Irving, many speculated that KD would demand a trade. It’s not clear if he will, but if he does, the Hawks should absolutely throw the house at him. He’s good friends with Trae Yound and is locked up through the 2025 season. Some might say the fit would be wonky, but Durant is the type of player that can fit in any system with any supporting cast. It’s extremely unlikely, but it’s a tantalizing scenario to imagine.
What Hawks trade targets did I miss? Who do you want Atlanta to target?
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