Hawks involved in several trade rumors leading up to the deadline

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After eight straight wins, the Hawks have jumped all the way up to the 4th seed in the Eastern Conference, which in turn, has led to much different conversations leading up to March 25th’s trade deadline. John Collins may still be on the table in discussions, but Atlanta is no longer looking to sell; they want to compete, and they have the pieces to upgrade, particularly on the wing.

With a bevy of rumors already swirling around the Hawks, I decided to break them all down in one place. This piece will be updated as more things come out, as I am most certain Travis Schlenk will be among the busiest men in America over the next few days.

Hawks interested in Lonzo Ball

Ball is a name I mentioned as a potential trade target last week, and Schlenk appears to be interested.

Some may believe that Ball and Trae Young might have trouble coinciding, but I think there is a lot of potential with this fit. Ball is excellent defensively and would fill the role of that second player that the Hawks haven’t had to this point. The two can also both stroke it from behind the arc, allowing them to be successful off the ball.

Warriors interested in Bogdan Bogdanovic

This one intrigues me. Bogdanovic’s transition to Atlanta has been far from a smooth one. A knee injury has limited him to just 17 games, and he’s setting career-lows across the board with his shooting percentages. That’s not what Schlenk envisioned when he signed him to a four-year, $72 million deal. If Schlenk has any buyer’s remorse, this could be the perfect opportunity to get out from under Bogdanovic’s contract. However, Danilo Gallinari dealt with similar issues and is now looking like a critical piece to the team. Bogi could be just around the corner from a breakout; he’s only played in 17 games after all.

Hawks interested in Marcus Smart

Considering what the Celtics think of Marcus Smart, it will be difficult to pry him out of their grasp. But if the Hawks were to offer John Collins, I’m sure the Celtics would seriously consider it. Smart is averaging 12.6 points and 5.4 assists on the season, but it’s his energy and defense that make him so valuable. Pairing him with Trae Young might just be the perfect fit.

Hawks attempted to package John Collins for Jaylen Brown

We know the Celtics are one of several teams attempting to land John Collins at the deadline, but as I said in the opening, the Hawks will not be looking to sell off one of their best players for future assets after winning eight in a row. Atlanta wants to compete now, and they appear to be attempting to complete a blockbuster.

Brown is coming off his first All-Star appearance, averaging nearly 25 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 3.9 assists on shooting percentages of 48.7% and 39.5% from 3. However, I’m not sure how interested the Celtics would be in even starting these conversations. Brown is only 24 and just entering his prime.

Wolves turned down an offer for John Collins

Among all the teams that are interested in John Collins, the Wolves seem to be extremely serious. However, they aren’t willing to part ways with Malik Beasley for him. According to The Ringer’s Kevin O’Conner, Minnesota turned down a trade featuring Beasley and a first-round pick for Collins. Still, considering the Wolves are reportedly “dying” to acquire Collins before the deadline, I expect these conversations are ongoing. Beasley is averaging over 20 points per game on 45.5% from the field and 40.6% from behind the arc.




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