Hawks trade Moe Harkless to the Thunder for an interesting prospect

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After acquiring Moe Harkless in the Kevin Huerter trade, the Hawks have flipped the journeyman wing and a second-round pick to the Thunder for guard Vít Krejčí.

To be honest, I had never heard of Krejčí. It’s clear the Thunder were interested in the pick, and the Hawks were interested in getting rid of the $4.5 million cap hit attached to Harkless. So, who is Krejčí?

The Czech product is a 6’8” combo guard that played professional basketball in Spain for a few years before being drafted in the second round of the 2020 draft. His rights were then traded to the Thunder. Krejčí is under team control for the next two seasons with a reasonable cap hit — just under $2 million. He has a club option for $1.9 million for the 2024-2025 season. He’s a solid shooter for his size and a willing defender, although he can have issues on that end of the floor. He can serve a role as a switchable team defender, which the Hawks need.

The Hawks probably value his motor and switchability on defense. In his limited time with the Thunder (30 games, 8 starts), Krejčí was efficient and did a little bit of everything. He’s still only 20 years old, so he’s a cheap, young player with some upside. He should get some bench minutes for the Hawks, or at least get a lot of playing time in College Park. In a move that was a bit of a salary dump, the Hawks seemed to have done okay.

Photographer: Xinhua/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire

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