The Hawks made their first move of the trade deadline season by dealing Cam Reddish to the Knicks for a protected first-round pick and Kevin Knox. Without a doubt, this will be a polarizing deal among the fan base. Many saw Reddish as a player that could blossom into an All-Star, but the reality is he was pretty awful his entire tenure with the Hawks. Perhaps he takes the next step with the Knicks, but it clearly wasn’t happening in Atlanta, and it became unlikely that the Hawks were going to re-sign him when his contract was up.
The question now is, what’s next for the Hawks? Will they use the assets they gained in the Cam Reddish trade and parlay them into something better in hopes of improving the team and making a playoff run? Or are they punting on the season altogether, gathering as many assets as they can, and looking towards the future? As of now, it seems like anything is on the table. According to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report, the Hawks are open for business, with everyone available for trade besides Trae Young and Clint Capela.
The Atlanta Hawks are open for business, per @JakeLFischer
“‘Everyone but Trae Young and Clint Capela are available,’ one assistant general manager told B/R.” pic.twitter.com/2uIPYYZfNj
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) January 13, 2022
I’m not sure what’s next for the Hawks, but Travis Schlenk isn’t messing around. His comments from a couple of weeks ago appear to carry substantial weight. He’s extremely unpleased with how his team has looked through the first half of the season and is eyeing major changes. Whether those changes are focused on winning now or in the future, we’ll just have to wait and see.