It’s time for the Hawks to make Free Agency moves now…..
The biggest domino to fall in Free Agency took place on Tuesday when Small Forward Gordon Hayward signed with the Boston Celtics. The Hawks were active that day as well, participating in a 3-team trade with the Los Angeles Clippers and Denver Nuggets.
The Clippers received forward Danilo Gallinari, Denver received a 2nd round pick from the Hawks (2019 pick from Wizards), and the Hawks received veteran shooting guard Jamal Crawford, center Diamond Stone, and a protected first round pick and cash from the Clippers.
Multiple reports suggests that Jamal Crawford will request a trade or buyout from the team, but the Hawks want to receive some compensation for the guard. If Crawford remains on the roster, he can bring instant scoring to the team, something the Hawks are currently lacking. Also, his veteran leadership can be a positive factor considering the players on the current roster are under the age of 30. In the end, Crawford won’t be on the roster so if the Hawks could acquire another young player or Draft Pick, it’ll be amazing for the team currently in rebuild.
Diamond Stone was drafted 40th in the 2nd round of the 2016 NBA Draft. He only appeared in seven games for the Clippers, spending majority of his rookie season in the D-League. Stone is a player with a big body and can move well around the paint. His offense inside the paint is good and he could also step outside to shoot the jumper. Stone is another promising young player since the current roster lack depth in the Front Court with the absence of Paul Millsap and Dwight Howard. Stone will play on the Atlanta Hawks Summer League team as well.
Hopefully, the trade isn’t the biggest addition to a young Hawks roster! Multiple sources have linked several players as possible targets such as Celtics Small Forward Jae Crowder, Celtics Center Kelly Olynyk, and Mavericks Power Forward/ Center Nerlens Noel. All are young players that could help the Hawks now, and for the future as well. It’s evident the Hawks are going into a new direction with their new General Manager, Travis Schlenk. Since day one he has preached being “flexible” and that’s exactly what the Hawks are going for.
Also, don’t forget about Tim Hardaway Jr. With the signings around the league of Dion Waiters and Andre Roberson, expect the Hawks to give the guard around 10-13 million a year. Nobody has shown interest for Hardaway yet, but expect in the couple of days or weeks for someone to be in the market for him.
As of now, the Hawks are staying patient and letting everything fall in place. The moves they’ve made so far have been promising, so the future is looking bright for the team!