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Hornets Decide to Move on from Washington and get a PG, Pacers Add More Players to the Rebuild, Hawks Shed Youth for Wins


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Hawks

Hawks

+2 players ($25.9m) +2 picks,
Cap Impact - $5.3M
  • Buddy Hield
    Buddy Hield
    SG, 6' 4", -0.42 LEBRON
    Movement Shooter

    $21.1M

    2yrs

    12
  • Goga Bitadze

    TO

    Goga Bitadze
    C, 6' 11", -0.34 LEBRON
    Team Option | Stretch Big

    $4.7M

    1yr

    12
  • draft-pick-player

    2022 - Round 2

    via PHX
    12
  • draft-pick-player

    2023 - Round 2

    via SAS
    12

+1  Wins

-9.66  MPG

+2.23  Off.

-1.20  Def.

Pacers

Pacers

+3 players ($21.4m) +1 pick,
Cap Impact + $3.0M
  • P.J. Washington

    TO

    P.J. Washington
    PF, 6' 7", 0.02 LEBRON
    Team Option | Stretch Big

    $5.8M

    1yr

    4
  • De'Andre Hunter

    TO

    De'Andre Hunter
    SF, 6' 8", -1.6 LEBRON
    Team Option | Stationary Shooter

    $9.8M

    1yr

    1
  • Danilo Gallinari
    Danilo Gallinari
    SG, 6' 10", -0.19 LEBRON
    Versatile Big

    $21.4M

    1yr

    1
  • draft-pick-player

    2022 - Round 2

    4

+1  Wins

+12.71  MPG

-1.97  Off.

+1.78  Def.

Hornets

Hornets

+1 player ($8.1m) +2 picks,
Cap Impact + $2.2M
  • T.J. McConnell
    T.J. McConnell
    PG, 6' 1", -0.82 LEBRON
    Slasher

    $8.1M

    3yrs

    12
  • draft-pick-player

    2023 - Round 1

    via CLE
    12
  • draft-pick-player

    2022 - Round 2

    via HOU
    12

-2  Wins

-3.05  MPG

-0.26  Off.

-0.58  Def.

With the Hornets needing to give Miles Bridges a massive contract extension this offseason, there is less incentive to keep Washington long enough to pay him if he’s not a long-term solution at any particular position going forward.

The Hornets would acquire a backup point guard to complement the dynamic options they have in the starting lineup. Indiana would be able to extend Washington and keep him around long-term to rebuild.

With their trade deadline acquisition of Tyrese Haliburton, the Pacers got plenty of young talent. Adding Hunter to the collection could aid their bid to win this season or several seasons down the road.

He also fills a positional need. This team has several quality young big men. They’ve got their lead guard of the future in Haliburton. They don’t have quality 3-and-D wings on the same timeline.

Hunter solves that problem. Again, his game is portable enough to play with anybody. The same can be said of Haliburton. If the Pacers landed Hunter, they’d be one star away from having their core already set up. With lottery luck, that star could come this summer as well.


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