The Atlanta Hawks had a disappointing ending to their season, getting gentleman’s swept by the Miami Heat in round one. It never truly looked like the Hawks had a chance in this season which should lead them to make changes in order to be an actual competitive team next year.
TRADE WITH JAZZ
Hawks receive: Rudy Gobert
Jazz receive: Clint Capela, Danilo Gallinari, and two second round picks
Atlanta adds one of the best defenders in the league with this deal. Okungwu would love to learn from Gobert. Utah gets off of the huge contract that Gobert accumulated, ends any drama between him and Mitchell, and adds two solid players to stay competitive. Overall, this is a win-win, but the Hawks are not done quite yet.
TRADE WITH WIZARDS
Hawks receive: Bradley Beal
Wizards receive: John Collins, Kevin Huerter, and 2022 first round pick
Although this may seem like an overpay, Atlanta gets that true second superstar next to Trae. There backcourt defense won’t be great, but they may be able to help that with a free agency signing. Clearly the Wizards are by no means contending and would be foolish not to accept this offer.
Sign Kyle Anderson to a two-year deal using MLE
Re-sign Sharife Cooper, Gorgui Dieng, and Skylar Mays
Atlanta’s main move in free agency is bringing in Anderson. His defense would be very useful off the bench and he could bring a spark to the young second unit. He may be the last piece to the puzzle for the Hawks.
PG: Young, Cooper, Mays
SG: Beal, Bogdanovic
SF: Hunter, Anderson
PF: Okongwu, Johnson
C: Gobert, Dieng
Ultimately, I believe this is a much improved team that could contend for a championship. Obviously, the backcourt is lacking way behind in defense, but the frontcourt D should make up for it.
Let me know what you think about this off-season plan below! I don’t think that these ideas are too crazy to actually happen but we shall see!