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Report: Hawks aggressively trying to move up into the top five

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When the Hawks acquired the number 17 pick in the draft from the Brooklyn Nets, it foreshadowed that a much bigger move could be coming. Jonathan Givony of ESPN confirmed that notion today, stating Atlanta is actively trying to move into the top five. They attempted to swap picks with the Knicks but were turned away. Now their focus is on the Pelicans with the 4th pick.

Giving up picks eight and ten to move up to three makes sense. This is widely considered a top-heavy, three-man draft, and RJ Barrett would fit nicely next to Trae Young. However, that opportunity went down the drain once Anthony Davis was traded to the Lakers and Kevin Durant was lost for next season. After the top three, there is a lot of disparity between who is the next best player. The Hawks seem to be zeroing in on their guy and have been rumored to be interested in trading up for Jarrett Culver. Whatever the deal may be, it most likely will not be announced until the pick is made.

One thing is for sure: Thursday is going to be an eventful day for the Hawks and their fans. Stay tuned to SportsTalkATL for constant updates from the GM and the new draft picks on Thursday.

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