Potential Hawks trade target is now off the market

NBA: APR 17 Play In East Hawks at Bulls

The NBA Draft is days away, and the free agency will quickly follow with the Hawks expected to be one of the most active teams of the offseason.

Atlanta owns the No. 1 overall pick, is expected to part ways with one of their All-Star point guards, and otherwise retool a lot of the roster, listening to trade offers on Clint Capela and De’Andre Hunter.

There’s been a ton of rumors and speculation surrounding potential Hawks trade targets, like Brandon Ingram because the Pelicans have an obvious need for a point guard, but one name that really intrigued me was Alex Caruso.

The two-time All-Defensive guard was floated as a trade targetĀ by Conor Hughes, and I loved the idea of pairing him with Trae Young because he plays winning basketball. He does everything well, from defense to playing his role. He put up 1.7 steals to go along with a 40.8% clip from beyond the arc.

However, that dream has quickly died because, as Adrian Wojnarowski reports, the Bulls have traded Alex Caruso to the Thunder in exchange for Josh Giddey.

The trade gives OKC one of the best role players in basketball at 30 years old, entering the final year of his four-year, $36.9 million contract. For the Bulls, Giddey gives them a young playmaker with All-Star potential. I like the deal for both sides.

There were never any concrete reports linking Caruso as a Hawks trade target, but he’s the type of player Landry Fields should be looking to bring to Atlanta to play with whichever point guard Atlanta ends up wanting to build around.

Photographer: Melissa Tamez/Icon Sportswire

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