The Atlanta Hawks got off to a terrific start of the year. However, John Collins’ suspension was a major blow for them, as well as Kevin Huerter’s struggles with injuries. Hence, they’re way below .500 and falling behind in the playoff race.
That has caused Trae Young to grow frustrated and there were some reports about an ’emotional’ scene in the team’s locker room, followed by a high-rank official telling Young they’ll be getting him some help pretty soon.
So now that we know that the Hawks will be buyers ahead of the trade deadline, we know they will be looking to shop Evan Turner’s and Alen Crabbe’s expiring deals, but they could also offer Cam Reddish and Kevin Huerter to sweeten a deal. But, who to trade for?
Let’s take a look.
5. Bogdan Bogdanovic
The Hawks are in clear need of shooting guards and small forwards. Luckily for them, Bogdanovic can play both. He’s smart, an underrated playmaker, and a guy that can score at a high-clip from beyond the arc.
Also, he’s not starting for the Kings right now so perhaps they wouldn’t mind moving him at a fair price. So far, he’s averaging 14.6 points, 3.9 assists, and 2.7 triples per game on 40/32/71 shooting.
4. Hassan Whiteside
We all know Hassan Whiteside isn’t exactly a hustler or a guy that’ll give his all in the hardwood. However, he could vastly improve their rim-protection woes with his top-notch shot-blocking ability.
Whiteside is on an expiring deal so he’d be a low-risk/high-reward pick up for the Hawks. He should try and give his best effort to win himself a big contract in the summer. So far, he’s averaging 15.5 points, 13.5 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks per game.
3. LaMarcus Aldridge
LaMarcus Aldridge will likely be shopped prior to the trade deadline and while he may rather go to a contender than a rebuilding team, he could be a perfect fit for the young Hawks if they use him at the five.
Aldridge is still one of the best elbow scorers in the league and he’s proven to be a solid offensive rebounder. Also, he could be stretch the floor in all-shooters lineups. So far, he’s averaging 19.4 points and 7.4 rebounds.
2. D’Angelo Russell
The Golden State Warriors are in no rush to trade D’Angelo Russell and will only do it for an offer they can’t reject. So the Hawks would likely need to send a pick or two in this deal as well as some young assets.
The defense would be a concern with the Russell-Young backcourt, for sure, but this pair has the upside to torch opposing defenders on a nightly basis the same way the Splash Brothers have done. So far, he’s averaging 22.4 points, and 6.2 assists per game.
1. Andre Drummond
The Detroit Pistons are struggling once again and they could look to trade either Blake Griffin or Andre Drummond – or both – if things continue to go south even when Reggie Jackson comes back.
The Hawks desperately need a presence below the rim and Alex Len clearly isn’t it. Drummond is one of the league’s finest rebounders and shot-blockers, he’s deadly in the pick and roll and would open up a lot of space for Trae Young to pull up from deep.