The Atlanta Hawks endured a disappointing season after reaching the Eastern Conference Finals in 2021. Atlanta are expected to take many steps as they rebuild their roster around young star Trae Young.
Young is the cornerstone of the Hawks franchise, and the Hawks have what it takes to surround him with the right figures. He had the best year of his career, averaging 28.4 points per game and 9.7 assists. He hit career-high field goal percentages (46 percent), three-pointers (38.2 percent), and free throws (90.4 percent).
His play has been amazing and the Hawks could rebuild around the 23-year-old star. Atlanta need to look at improving the defensive side of the ball. Young is a strong striker, but not the best defender. He is also 6ft 1in, which causes the defense to often target him, switching to pick-and-roll or isolation opportunities.
Adding good defensemen around him could turn the Hawks back into an Eastern Conference contender.
With that said, here are two players the Hawks are due to trade in the 2022 NBA offseason.
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2 Players Hawks must trade
2. Bogdan Bogdanovich
The Hawks have a lot of money tied to playing in the 2021 playoffs. Bogdan Bogdanovich signed a four-year, $72 million contract with the 2020 NBA free agent. Although Bogdanovich has been a good role player at times, he is inconsistent.
Bogdanovich has a year left on his contract with a player choice for next season. Teams looking for another way to score a goal beyond their stars may be interested in signing the 29-year-old defender.
He averaged 15.1 points per game this season, but his shooting percentage is down from his 2021 campaign. In 2021, Bogdanovich shot 47.3 percent from the field and 43.8 percent from three. However, this season he has only shot 43.1% from the field and 36.8% from three.
Although he still made a significant offensive contribution for Atlanta, he is not an elite defensive player. Bogdanovich’s inconsistency on offense and his lack of defensive play make him a valuable asset to the Hawks.
There will be a market for Bogdanovich, but the question is what they want in return. Atlanta could have taken a pay cut from the team or acquired a player who is better suited to Young.
1. John Collins
John Collins trade rumors have been around for the last couple of seasons and they are at an all-time high. Collins has shown glimpses of star potential, but he’s not thriving with the Hawks.
Atlanta is eyeing the 24-year-old forward and is reportedly interested in the draft lottery. The Portland Trail Blazers have been linked with Collins as they look to retool their roster around Damian Lillard. Portland has the 7th overall pick in the draft, which could be tempting for the Hawks.
CEO of the Hawks rejected The Collins are rumored, but in the world of sports you never know for sure. Sports organization personnel often dismiss rumors that a player is on the move as they do not want the team’s true intentions to be revealed to the media.
It also helps teams to be a cooler organization as they can inform a player if they are being changed instead of having to hear about it from the media.
However, don’t discount Collins as Atlanta’s trading chip.
The Hawks have some big decisions to make as they rebuild their roster around Young. A great offseason could change Atlanta’s trajectory, returning it to contender status.