The Hawks are officially red-hot, winners of 9 of 10, and looking like the team that pushed the Milwaukee Bucks to six games in the Eastern Conference Finals last season. Two weeks ago, it seemed like a significant roster shake-up was inevitable. The Hawks were rumored to be in on a multitude of All-Star caliber players, and it appeared they were willing to part ways with John Collins in the process. Now, because of their winning ways, they are reportedly much more willing to stand pat rather than make a substantial splash before the deadline.
A nugget in @ZachLowe_NBA's 10 things column today (which includes a Hawks section):
"(The Hawks) remain active in trade talks, but don't appear to feel the same urgency to do something as they did two weeks ago."https://t.co/gsTnQisido
— Brad Rowland (@BTRowland) February 4, 2022
I don’t find a blockbuster trade necessary. In fact, it’s the last thing I think the Hawks need. There are still so many young players on this team that haven’t even scratched the surface of their potential, and we’ve yet to see what the Hawks can do when fully healthy. Given the current landscape of the East, Atlanta could challenge anybody they lined up against in a playoff series as currently constructed.
That doesn’t mean I don’t expect them to make a move before the trade deadline, though. The Hawks can still improve in several areas, especially defensively. Adding a veteran or two with a bit of edge to them that excel on the defensive end of the floor could make this team a juggernaut down the stretch.