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NBA Rumors: Hawks Could Trade For Andre Drummond

(via Fadeaway World)

(via Fadeaway World)

With Trae Young, Cam Reddish, and John Collins, the Hawks already have a foundational young core in place. And while this squad is in no position to lift the Larry O'Brien this June, they could be a team to fear if given time.

One possible route to contention could come on the trade market, where a number of teams seem ready to mix things up.

On Tuesday, Bleacher Report’s Andy Bailey compiled a list of players each franchise should be targeting for a midseason trade, with Detroit's Andre Drummond mentioned as the best possible choice for the Hawks.

With contention nowhere in sight, do the Pistons really want to be on the hook for Drummond's next big contract?

The center has a player option worth $28.8 million for next season, but with a dearth of top-tier free agents on the market this summer, he's likely to turn that down.

The Atlanta Hawks could justify re-signing Drummond to a monster deal (after trading for him, of course). Drummond would be a monumental upgrade over Alex Len at the 5. And his efficiency could get a huge boost playing alongside Young. He's never had a point guard with Young's vision and passing ability.

A return of Chandler Parsons and De'Andre Hunter isn't exactly lucrative, but might just be enough to get the job done.

Logistically, Atlanta has one of the best trade chips in the market in Chandler Parsons' expiring contract. That and one intriguing young player like De'Andre Hunter would satisfy league trade rules.

Detroit would earn a young player and cap flexibility in the potential trade, but the real winner would be Atlanta.

With the combined forces of Young and Drummond, the Hawks would be dominant both inside and out. With the 26-year-old center in the midst of his best season, there isn't any reason to think why he wouldn't work with the Hawks.

Expect both teams to be increasingly aggressive in sniffing out deals as February's trade deadline draws near.