After a hot start, the Atlanta Hawks have tail-spinned into one of the worst records in the NBA. Losers in 11 of their past 13 games, frustration from the team's head decision-makers are growing.
According to a report by The Athletic's Shams Charania, some changes could be on the forecast for the frustrated team from Atlanta.
Frustration has been mounting within the Hawks organization at times and league sources say it resulted in an emotional locker room scene involving star point guard Trae Young following a recent loss. The Hawks have lost 11 of their past 13 games, including eight by double digits. They have won two of their past three, though. After a 130-118 home loss to Brooklyn on Wednesday, one high-ranking team official was seen telling Young that the team would be getting him some help on the roster soon, according to multiple sources. The trade deadline is about two months away.
The frustration among Hawks ownership, the front office and players should not come as much of a surprise because of the losses that have been piling up and postgame flare-ups are far from abnormal.
To be fair, Atlanta (6-17) has been without John Collins due to a 25-game performance-enhancing drug suspension and had Kevin Huerter on a minutes restriction to start the season before he missed time with a shoulder injury. Those are two key pieces in the Hawks’ rotation that have been missing. The team could look to replenish their lack of veteran presence on the roster prior to the trade deadline.
In the midst of their horrid stretch, and the aftermath of a heated locker room exchange (the one of many, it seems, this season) it seems increasingly likely that the Hawks will look to improve the state of their roster before the end of February's trade deadline.
Trae himself has been putting up impressive individual numbers at 28.8 points, 8.4 assists, and 4.1 rebounds per game on 46% shooting. And while it hasn't been enough to make the Hawks a relevant force in the East so far, it seems he'll have some reinforcements coming in the not-too-distant future,