The NBA trade market looks to be wide open this offseason
While the Atlanta Hawks are currently stuck in the unenviable position of rebuilding, some potential draft-day trades have presented themselves that could enhance the young pieces already in place and possibly speed up the rebuilding process. Here are four trades that Atlanta should consider on June 21st.
Trade #1: Dennis Schroder to Spurs
Hawks Get: PG Dejounte Murray, Spurs’ first round pick (pick #18)
Spurs Get: PG Dennis Schroder, Hawks’ second round pick (pick #34)
This is a win-win for both sides. Atlanta gets rid of Schroder (who has hinted he doesn’t want to stay with the franchise) and gets Murray, who is a length point guard who recently was recognized on the NBA All-Defensive Second Team. Murray would bring playoff experience to a youthful Hawks core, and the draft pick would give Atlanta a fourth (!) first round pick in this year’s draft.
The Spurs have lacked scoring at the point guard position ever since Tony Parker started to decline so the addition of Schroder would give them a burst of youth and play-making to pair alongside LaMarcus Aldridge. If Kawhi Leonard stays with the team and is healthy next season, Schroder could turn San Antonio into a championship contender once again.
Trade #2: Karl Anthony-Towns to Atlanta
Hawks Get: C Karl Anthony-Towns
Wolves Get: Dennis Schroder, Hawks’ first round pick (pick #3), Hawks’ first round pick (pick #19, via Minnesota)
Recently, reports surfaced that Karl Anthony-Towns was not happy with his role with the Minnesota Timberwolves and that Minnesota might look to trade the young all-star center. If this is really the case, Atlanta should do everything in their power to acquire him.
Towns is averaging over 21 points and almost 12 rebounds per game in his young career, and also has shot nearly 40% from three-point land, pioneering the new wave of three-point shooting centers. The pairing of Towns with John Collins would automatically give Atlanta one of the best frontcourts in the league and Towns would provide the Hawks with a franchise cornerstone around which to build.
Although Minnesota already has Schroder’s old friend Jeff Teague, Teague might be able to be traded if Minnesota ships him off along with a draft pick. Schroder would give Jimmy Butler some scoring help with the absence of Towns.
The third overall pick would give Minnesota another potential franchise cornerstone and the 19th pick would also give them more flexibility (the 19th pick was, ironically, originally Minnesota’s pick anyway).
All in all, this would be an ideal trade for Atlanta if Minnesota is truly looking to move on from Towns.