Trae Young believes the Hawks may be a landing spot for potential superstar free agents. It’s not a long shot considering the Hawks have amazing young core and tons of cap space.
What asked about the situation, Young had this to say:
“Oh, I definitely think this is going to be a big spot that free agents look at. I mean, we’re a very young team, but we’ve been playing really well lately and this is an exciting team and an exciting city. I think we’re maybe one or two pieces away from really making that jump and taking off. I definitely think this is an attractive city [and situation]. And I’m not a tampering guy or anything like that, but I think I’m a good recruiter – for sure.”
The Hawks plan to be aggressive in pursuing to free agents according to Sam Amick of The Athletic. Their young core consists of Young, John Collins, and Kevin Huerter, and the team has $41 million of cap space. The team also got a new head coach in Lloyd Pierce.
Possible targets for the Hawks include Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler, Klay Thompson, Khris Middleton, and DeMarcus Cousins. However, many other teams will be pursuing those same players.
Young has emerged as one of the best young players in the NBA, and the young player recently dropped 49 points and 16 assists in a game which is an extremely rare feat for a rookie. In the month of February, his per-game averages were 23.3 points, 9.3 assists, and 4.3 rebounds.
When addressing his stellar play, Young said this:
“I think the game is starting to really slow down for me. Now, I’ve kind of seen a little bit of everything in terms of what teams are throwing at me and how defenses are trying to guard me. Also, I’ve seen most teams multiple times; in some cases, it’s my second or third time playing against a certain team. I know more about who I’m playing against too. I feel like I’m getting more used to the NBA game, the style, as well. I think I’m starting to feel more comfortable. I’m much more comfortable than I was during that first month, when I was shooting 19 percent from three. That was just… terrible.”