NBA Draft: Trading down from No. 1 pick reportedly not an option for Hawks

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With the NBA Draft less than three weeks away, the rumor mill has begun to churn for the Hawks and their No. 1 overall pick.

As of right now, it seems there are only three prospects that Atlanta has been connected to at this point in the process — Alex Sarr, Zaccharie Risacher, and Donovan Clingan.

Over the weekend, Jonathan Givony reported that the Hawks are considering trading down from the No. 1 pick — “exploring trade down scenarios,” the ESPN pundit noted. Around the same time, a somewhat conflicting report surfaced.

Brett Siegel of ClutchPoints admits that Hawks could explore the ” possibility of gathering future assets and moving down a few spots,” but adds, “this doesn’t appear to be a real option they are currently mulling.”

The Hawks should have one goal in mind — leaving no stone unturned. At this point, the organization doesn’t have the luxury of turning its nose up at anything.

Atlanta has to be willing to go any direction with its roster, including trading one of Trae Young or Dejounte Murray. The Hawks shouldn’t write anything off, but a decision on who to build around, Young or Murray, seems like a prerequisite to a decision on the No. 1 pick.

Though both are point guards, Young and Murray have differing skill sets that need different supporting casts to maximize those skill sets. That should certainly impact the No. 1 pick, whether it’s making the selection or trading it.

We are talking about the Atlanta Hawks, though. What’s more likely is they’re making it up as they go, with under-qualified people in the front office making the decisions.

Photographer: Melissa Tamez/Icon Sportswire


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