According to reports, Gary Trent Jr. could be on the move, and the Raptors don’t have a ridiculous asking price:
Report: Gary Trent Jr.’s trade value considered to be ‘protected 1st-round or 2 good 2nd-round picks’ https://t.co/W0VuXev7J0
— NBACentral (@TheNBACentral) February 1, 2023
If this report is true, the Hawks should absolutely look to make a move:
“Meanwhile, league sources peg Trent Jr.’s likely trade value at a protected first-round or two good second-round picks, along with a matching salary,” wrote Michael Grange of Sportsnet. “From the Raptors’ point of view, the likelihood of improving your team by moving on from a 24-year-old who has proven himself as a quality perimeter shooter is relatively low. If Trent Jr. was determined to leave, or the Raptors didn’t believe they could re-sign him in free agency, the story might be different.”
Trent could help out plenty of contending teams with his scoring ability. The 24-year-old is recording 18.6 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per contest this season while knocking down 44.4 percent of his shots from the field and 36.7 percent of his attempts from 3-point range.
Trent is far from a stalwart defender, and there’s another caveat. He has a player option for next year that he’s expected to decline. The Hawks would have to figure out an extension or use him purely as a rental, which seems unwise. Regardless, he’d provide the Hawks with a lot of desperately needed depth and shooting, especially with how bad the injury bug has bitten them.
I’d be willing to part with two second-round picks; a first-rounder would probably be too much. If the former option is on the table, I say roll the dice.
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