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Hawks Create a Dynamic Duo of Trae and Simmons, Nets Add a Quality Defensive Center


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Hawks

Hawks

+1 player ($35.4m),
Cap Impact - $5.7M
  • Ben Simmons
    Ben Simmons
    PG, 6' 11", 2.17 LEBRON
    Roll + Cut Big

    $35.4M

    3yrs

    3

-4  Wins

-20.57  MPG

-1.66  Off.

+1.13  Def.

Nets

Nets

+2 players ($41.2m) +2 picks,
Cap Impact + $5.7M
  • Danilo Gallinari
    Danilo Gallinari
    SG, 6' 10", -0.19 LEBRON
    Versatile Big

    $21.4M

    1yr

    1
  • Clint Capela
    Clint Capela
    C, 6' 10", 2.89 LEBRON
    Roll + Cut Big

    $19.7M

    3yrs

    1
  • draft-pick-player

    2022 - Round 1

    1
  • draft-pick-player

    2024 - Round 1

    1

+4  Wins

+20.57  MPG

+1.66  Off.

-1.13  Def.

There is some intuitiveness in the fit between Simmons and Trae Young for the Hawks. They mask each other’s flaws. Young is one of the worst defensive players in the NBA: Simmons is one of the best.

Simmons has glaring offensive limitations: while Young has none. If Simmons is willing to function as a roll man in the Hawks’ halfcourt sets where Young is the lead ball-handler, they could be a devastating duo.

Meanwhile, the Nets land a great big man in Capela. He’ll instantly become a starter for them, and perhaps their best defensive player. Gallinari is past his prime, but he could be a rotation player for this club. Finally, they’re getting draft capital back for their beleaguered star.


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