Recapping a busy weekend for the Atlanta Hawks

NBA: APR 01 Hawks at Bulls

The offseason just began, and the Hawks already look like a much different team, so let’s recap all of their moves thus far.

Hawks draft Zaccharie Risacher with No. 1 overall pick

After speculation that Atlanta might end up taking Donovan Clingan or Alex Sarr, the club takes 19-year-old French wing Zaccharie Risacher with the No. 1 overall pick.

Hawks trade AJ Griffin to Rockets for No. 44 overall pick

The club began the second round by sending a former first-round pick to the Rockets for Houston’s No. 44 overall pick. The 2022 first-rounder came out of the gates rather slow but did eventually show his talents shooting, flirting with a 50/40/90 split at one point in time. Griffin eventually fell out of favor in Atlanta for reasons that still are unclear to Hawks fans.

Hawks trade No. 44 pick for Nikola Durisic

Following the deal that sent Griffin to Houston, Landry Fields acquired the rights to No. 43 overall pick Nikola Durisis in exchange for the No. 44 pick and cash consideration to the Heat. Durisic is a 6-foot-7 wing from Serbia, who can create his own shot but still has developing to do at the next level.

Hawks trade Dejounte Murray to the Pelicans

Outside of the No. 1 overall pick, the decision the Hawks had to either trade Dejounte Murray or Trae Young was the biggest domino of Atlanta’s offseason. Landry Fields made a deal that ended up returning Larry Nance Jr., Dyson Daniels, a 2025 first-round pick (via Lakers) and a 2027 first-round pick (least favorable of Bucks-Pelicans).

Hawks allow Saddiq Bey to test free agency

The Hawks declined to extend Saddiq Bey a qualifying offer, allowing him to hit unrestricted free agency. Bey is recovering from a torn ACL suffered in March and figures to miss some of the regular season.

Hawks exercise Garrison Matthews’ team option

The Hawks exercised the team’s $2.23 million option on Garrison Matthews, who shot a career-high 44% from three-point range in a career-high 66 games for Atlanta last season.

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