With a 6-24 record this season, it’s clear that the Hawks are doomed to spend another year competing for the draft lottery instead of competing for titles.
But it doesn’t mean they can’t make moves in the meantime.
In fact, the Hawks have been connected to a number of trade rumors already this season — most of them for All-Star big men. The latest whispers now include OKC’s Steven Adams.
According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Oklahoma City is open to accepting the higher salaries that teams want to move, including long-term deals. The Thunder’s Steven Adams is one of those players who could be dealt before the deadline, and he is someone who has been discussed by the Hawks, according to a source inside the organization. Adams will make $27 million next season before becoming a free agent in 2021, which is the year Giannis Antetokounmpo could explore free agency, so acquiring Adams would not impact the Hawks during what could be a loaded free agency class.
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Adams, 26, is in the midst of one of his best seasons as a pro. Averaging 11 points, 9.6 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game, he is easily one of the best traditional bigs in the league.
In Atlanta, Trae Young’s perimeter-oriented game should be a nice fit next to Adams, who can hang down low, grab offensive rebounds, and patrol the paint.
The asking price for Adams won’t be cheap, and Atlanta will have to offer up a lot to even start the conversation. But, at this point, what have they got to lose?