Last month, I wrote about how DeAndre Bembry’s days with Atlanta could be numbered, citing a downtick in minutes and poor shooting. Now, it seems the writing could be on the wall for him with the Hawks. According to David Aldridge of The Athletic, the Hawks fielded calls for Bembry at the trade deadline.
This should come as no surprise. Cam Reddish and De’Andre Hunter require the majority of the minutes along the wing, and while Bembry had his moments, he does not offer enough to hinder the development of the Hawks’ 2019 lottery picks. His defensive versatility has been valuable at times, but allocating funds to a player whose role is dwindling is never a wise idea.
Bembry has been sidelined for a few weeks with neuritis in his right hand, so drawing much trade interest was always going to be a bit of a challenge, and apparently, there was not much. But if the Hawks were fielding calls for him, given the situation, it is quite unlikely he remains with Atlanta as he enters restricted free agency this summer.
Atlanta is dead last in three-point shooting percentage, and I expect them to try to add a sniper to the bench in place of Bembry.