Report: Hawks in “information-gathering process” with NBA draft prospects

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The NBA Draft is three weeks away, but nobody has any lead on who the Hawks are leaning toward with the No. 1 pick.

Most mock drafts have Atlanta taking one of two prospects, both of whom are from France in Alex Sarr and Zaccharie Risacher. Betting odds point towards Sarr, but Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer believes it’ll be Risacher.

Earlier this week, ESPN pundit Jonathan Givony told Zach Lowe on his podcast The Lowe Post that Atlanta likes Donovan Clingan, adding that Quin Snyder especially likes him.

“I’ve heard that Atlanta likes Donovan Clingan. Quin Snyder especially likes Donovan Clingan. Atlanta had, I think one of the worst defenses in the NBA the past few years. One great way to fix that is to draft a guy with a 9-foot-7 standing reach who is the best shot blocker in this draft,” Givony said.

However, at this point, nobody knows anything more than anyone else. The Athletic’s Sam Vecenie reports that the Hawks are still in the “information-gathering process” with top prospects.

“Since winning the lottery with just a 3-percent chance, the Hawks, according to league sources, are still in the information-gathering process with the top prospects in this class,” Vecenie writes.

In his mock draft, Vecenie has the Hawks taking Alex Sarr, but he does note that the selection is fluid, highlighting Clingan and Risacher as possibilities too.

Leaving no stone unturned, from prospects to trades, should be the Hawks’ process. They’re not in a position to turn their nose up at anything.

Photographer: Melissa Tamez/Icon Sportswire

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