The Hawks have made a few transactions, but there’s certainly been a lack of acquisitions, most notably on the free agent front. Though the rumor mill is turning, the Hawks’ most significant moves were trading John Collins and extending Dejounte Murray.
The trade with the Jazz didn’t net much of a return — Rudy Gay and a measly second-rounder. However, considering some thought it would require the Hawks to attach draft capital to facilitate the salary dump, it should be seen as a positive, even if I believed Collins could bounce back under Quin Snyder.
Clearly, the Hawks new head coach didn’t see a path forward with Collins. The best move of the offseason has to be the Dejounte Murray extension, which was worth four years and $120 million. It is a considerable bargain and a massive step in the right direction, but the summer isn’t over.
Trae Young speculated on a potential trade during his From the Point podcast.
“The summer’s not over yet,” said Young on the latest episode of the “From The Point” podcast. “That’s the NBA, you never know. The next day, something crazy could come out, a big trade or a big signing, and who knows, we could be the next team that makes a move.”
Obviously, one would think Young is referencing a potential Pascal Siakam trade. Atlanta has reportedly been the most connected club to the Raptors star, and it could be of the three-team trade variety.
NBA insider Marc Stein reported the Hawks have an “increased willingness” to trade Clint Capela, and the Mavericks may be a landing spot. Stein suggests the Mavs could be there to facilitate that trade since “the Raptors would appear to have little need for a pricey center after re-signing Jakob Poeltl this month to a four-year deal.”
The Hawks still have moves to make, and right now, the focus is on Pascal Siakam.