The NBA Finals haven’t been over for 72 hours and the offseason is already off to a fiery start, with the Atlanta Hawks mentioned in several reports.
I get it, Hawks fans. This is a very uninspiring trade for Atlanta. Duarte is hardly a role player, and Hunter is an ascending talent (we hope).
But the new Hawks management is clearly leaving no stone unturned. Any trade that can improve the club will be mulled over, even if it is a cost-cutting measure.
A deal like this would get Hunter’s four-year, $90 million off the books that Quin Snyder, Kyle Korver, and Landry Fields weren’t a part of. Moreover, it would replenish Atlanta’s draft assets after the team sent a haul to San Antonio in exchange for Dejounte Murray.
I would like to see the Hawks run it back with a very similar squad with a full offseason under Quin Snyder, but it shouldn’t surprise anyone if this team looks very different next season.