Shams Charania of the Athletic provided some noteworthy updates surrounding the Atlanta Hawks ahead of the trade deadline.
According to Shams, the Hawks have “engaged” in trade talks for Kent Bazemore and Dewayne Dedmon. Bazemore is a fan favorite but has a large cap number that extends through next season. His uptick in play makes now the time to move him if the Hawks want to use that space to acquire more assets this offseason. Dedmon is on an expiring contract, and while he has been solid for the Hawks, Alex Len has proved worthy of a bigger role and it would provide more minutes for Omari Spellman. It makes sense to try to get a second round pick for him.
The more surprising name that has been discussed is Taurean Prince, who recently returned from injury. If general manager Travis Schlenk does not see Prince as a part of his future young core, then trading him is likely the right move. Deandre Bembry really stepped up in his absence and can at least hold down the wing for the remainder of the season.
Even more surprisingly, Shams mentioned Tyler Dorsey as a trade candidate. It makes sense, as Dorsey has carried a smaller role than most thought he would coming into the season. Kevin Huerter has had a great rookie year, and the Hawks have had to find minutes for Bazemore as well. But it still seems like he is on the bench a lot. That could be indicative of the team’s plans for him in the future. He had a terrific night for Erie in the G-League the other night which could bode well for his trade prospects.
One thing is for sure, the Hawks are definitely going to make one move ahead of the trade deadline. Perhaps multiple.