The Hawks have already gotten an A+ from me for their offseason; they did everything they needed to do and then some. On top of killing the draft and bringing back Lou Williams and John Collins, Atlanta added a massive upgrade over Kris Dunn in the form of Delon Wright — and they acquired him for pennies on the dollar:
Wright is a fantastic defender that can defend both guard positions, and when the trade becomes official, Atlanta’s roster will be basically complete. He wasn’t the only big time addition. One of my favorite free agent targets came to fruition, and Atlanta added smooth shooting big man Gorgui Dieng to back up Clint Capela while Onyeka Okongwu recovers from injury. I talked about the new rotation earlier this week; if you want to see where guys will likely see playing time for Nate McMillan. Reports have come out that Travis Schlenk’s offseason is complete, but knowing him, he is always looking to improve.
And I left out Gorgui Dieng and Delon Wright. So that's 13. Plus they like Skylar Mays (14). Plus they drafted Jalen Johnson and Sharife Cooper. Sorry, folks … no room for Thrillsap. https://t.co/xp7Cz1QdcE
— Jeff Schultz (@JeffSchultzATL) August 5, 2021
Jeff is correct, but the Hawks have an open roster spot. If Atlanta decides to designate Mays as a two-way player, they could still add one more piece.
So, if Schlenk does decide to shake things up, who could the Hawks target? Paul Millsap would likely be my first choice; he’s a fan favorite and can still do a lot of the dirty work off of the bench. There could also be some valuable depth pieces available like James Ennis, or even a DeMarcus Cousins. The Hawks are probably finished in free agency, but there are options available that I like, and who knows with Travis Schlenk.