The NBA trade season is in full effect. The first blockbuster went down when the New York Knicks decided to send Kirstaps Porzingis to Dallas. Another major trade took place last night when the Clippers traded Tobias Harris to Philadelphia. And there have been several minor deals in between.
The Hawks appear to be major players in the trade market with several veterans on their roster who could be moved to a competing team. Travis Schlenk’s number one goal during this rebuild has been accumulating assets, so expect him to continue in that manner over the next 24 hours.
While things have been quiet, Keith Smith tells us that the interest surrounding the Hawks veteran pieces is picking up, and executives around the league believe Kent Bazemore, Dewayne Dedmon, and Jeremy Lin will be on new teams tomorrow.
Sounds like interest is picking up in the slew of veterans the Atlanta Hawks have made available. Several teams have called on Kent Bazemore, DeWayne Dedmon and Jeremy Lin. Most around the NBA expect all three to have new homes by tomorrow's deadline.
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) February 6, 2019
If that happens, it will be yet another win for Schlenk in the rebuilding process. Not only will the Hawks accumulate assets like draft picks and young players, but they could also rid themselves of the remainder of Kent Bazemore’s contract. Bazemore will be owed over 19 million next season. Although, any deal for Bazemore would probably force the Hawks to take on significant money in return, especially if they are attempting to acquire draft capital.