Report: “Highly unlikely” that Hawks move young core member at deadline

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The NBA Trade Deadline is less than 48 hours away, with the Hawks at the forefront of many rumors. The team is reportedly involved in a potential four-team trade that could land them Rockets center Clint Capela, and just about every NBA source has their opinion on what will happen to Hawks’ big man John Collins. Well, Sarah K. Spencer of the AJC tweeted out something today that should temporarily put Atlanta fans at ease:

It has been rumored that the Hawks may give up first-round picks to land Capela. While Collins has not been connected to this scenario, it is promising to see that the team is not looking to move him in a separate deal after many conflicting reports. Trading Collins would be a catastrophic mistake for Atlanta, as he is primed to be a future star in this league, and it doesn’t make much sense no matter how you look at it.

While the Hawks have been disappointing in the win column this season, they have really only had a month as a unit together playing at full health. Moving any players from their impressive young core would be jumping the gun, but adding to it is a different story.

The team has been gauging the trade market for big men all season long, with names including Andre Drummond, Steven Adams, Mo Bamba, Jakob Poeltl, Dewayne Dedmon, and now Capela. If the Hawks do look to make a push going forward, it makes sense to want to bring in some proven talent as opposed to more rookies, so moving draft assets seems to still be on the table. However, I doubt the Hawks’ own selection in 2020 will be traded.

We have not heard any rumors surrounding the other members of Atlanta’s young core, and it appears unlikely that we will. The Hawks have some evaluating to do this offseason, but unless they have a shot at a potential superstar, moving young players should not be an option. For now, they will continue to monitor the improvement of Kevin Huerter, John Collins, Cam Reddish, and De’Andre Hunter.

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