The Hawks are making changes this offseason. Travis Schlenk stated it was a mistake not to mix up the roster a year ago, and now, he’ll look to upgrade. Lucky for him, the Hawks’ ownership is willing to give him the money to assemble a championship-caliber team. Tony Ressler told the media entering the luxury tax threshold doesn’t scare him.
There should be several marquee names hitting the market that will interest the Hawks, and most haven’t appeared available to the public just yet. Ben Simmons was someone Atlanta was interested in at the trade deadline this past season, but the price tag was too high at the time. Bradley Beal is another star that could hit the trading block, and Rudy Gobert is widely considered the most available All-Star after another disappointing first-round exit for the Jazz.
However, Gobert’s counterpart in Utah is also a candidate to be traded. Donovan Mitchell has remained optimistic about his future with the Jazz and wants to win for the organization that drafted him, but the 25-year-old will surely garner interest from around the league if made available. And Atlanta might be the perfect landing spot for Spida; in fact, according to reports from Sports Illustrated, the Hawks are one of two teams (Heat) that interest Mitchell if the Jazz do decide to trade him.
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A backcourt duo of Ice and Spida is tantalizing. It would immediately become arguably the best guard duo in the Association. Neither player has played with someone of the other’s caliber, but Mitchell is a terrible defender. Young and Mitchell would undoubtedly be explosive offensively, but adding another abysmal defender will make watching the Hawks pretty difficult. I don’t see this being likely for that reason; additionally, I see the Jazz parting ways with Rudy Gobert instead of Mitchell.
The offense would be must-watch TV, but the defense would be the exact opposite. Would it be bad enough to scare Travis Schlenk off?