Hypothetical Hawks trades surrounding De’Andre Hunter, Clint Capela

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Earlier in the week, Brett Siegel reported that the Hawks are expected to receive inquires on Clint Capela and De’Andre Hunter.

“Clint Capela and De’Andre Hunter are two experienced players that will receive attention in said conversations, league sources said,” Brett Siegel wrote.

Capela’s time in Atlanta, regardless of what the Hawks do with the No. 1 overall pick and which All-Star point guard they build around, seems to be ending. The veteran center should have a decent market, given his ability to still provide plus rebounding and defense.

Hunter, on the other hand, isn’t a player that I’m keen on the Hawks trading away. Fans certainly aren’t fond of the former No. 4 overall pick, but I think a lot of that negativity stems from Hunter not living up to the lofty draft status. His trade market will certainly be more robust than Capela’s.

Hunter is coming off a season where he averaged 15.6 points per game on 38.5% shooting from three-point range, both career-bests. All while regularly garnering the most difficult defensive assignment. His numbers are even better in the postseason too — 16.0 points per game on 48% shooting from the field and 40% from deep.

So, what kind of trade value do Clint Capela and De’Andre Hunter have this Summer? Brett Siegel drummed up a few trade scenarios to give Hawks fans an idea.

Atlanta Hawks receive: F Brandon Ingram, G Dyson Daniels, NOP 2028 1st Round Pick (Swap, Least favorable to ATL)

New Orleans Pelicans receive: F De’Andre Hunter, C Clint Capela, SAC 2025 1st Round Pick (via ATL, Top-12 protected), MIN 2025 2nd Round Pick (unprotected), LAC 2027 2nd Round Pick (via ATL, unprotected), ATL 2028 1st Round Pick (Swap, More favorable to NOP) 

Essentially, the Hawks are sending the Pelicans Hunter, Capela, a first-round pick that’s top-12 protected, and two second-round picks in exchange for Brandon Ingram and Dyson Daniels. There’s also a pick swap that only benefits the Pels.

This is actually a pretty good return for Hunter and Capela. Daniels doesn’t offer much of anything offensively, but his calling card is defense. Ingram is entering the final year of his current deal and could be seen as a long-term or short-term investment depending on how the test run goes.

I don’t hate this one at all.

Atlanta Hawks receive: G Tim Hardaway Jr., G Josh Green, BOS 2024 2nd Round Pick (via DAL, Pick No. 58), TOR 2025 2nd Round Pick (via DAL, unprotected)

Dallas Mavericks receive: F De’Andre Hunter, G/F AJ Griffin 

I hate this one. Tim Hardaway fell out of the rotation in Dallas, so at best, the Hawks are landing two second-round picks and two rotational players for De’Andre Hunter and AJ Griffin. If this deal and the first one are on the table, I wouldn’t even call the Mavericks back to decline.

Atlanta Hawks receive: G/F Josh Giddey, F Ousmane Dieng, MIA 2025 1st Round Pick (via OKC, Lottery-Protected)

Oklahoma City Thunder receive: F De’Andre Hunter, G/F AJ Griffin

Josh Giddey is coming off one of his less productive seasons, and Dieng flashed some potential as a 6’10 forward, but this is still not a deal I’m high on, even assuming the Hawks move Giddey for more trade assets.

Out of all of these Hawks trade scenarios from Siegel, which do you prefer the most?

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