For the Fans: Vol 1

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Each week, I’ll take some time out to answer your questions. Feel free to DM me questions at any time and you’ll see them answered each Sunday (or Mondayish). Be sure to check out our weekly show ATLSportsHQ Live where we discuss all things going on in the sports world live and interactively Thursday’s at 8:45 on Youtube! Also be sure to check out GameTime Radio Sunday’s at 6 PM where me and fellow HQ writer Bob co-host with our good guy E-Dub from TheHawksBeat.

Let’s get right into it.

@JohnMCollins | Will Taurean Prince be moved by the deadline?

I would be shocked if Taurean was moved by next week’s deadline. However there is this…

It would take a massive haul (prospect + first round pick) for the Hawks to give up on the 3rd year Forward. I don’t see any team banking on him to be a difference maker.

@SDZwald041599 | Who do you think will be the next to bring a championship to the city?
Atlanta United will repeat as champions! Braves are also close and if the Falcons can put it together, they will be in the mix as well.
It’s an exciting time to be an Atlanta sports fan!
@youcant4cme | You think the Falcons can actually have a defense next season?
Falcons have top five talent in the league. Despite a slew of injuries on the defensive side of the ball, they managed to go 7-9 with several close losses. If they are able to stay somewhat healthy next year this is a Super Bowl contending team.
@SharpBetsPsyche | Is DeAndre Bembry going to be a hawk long term?
If you asked me this right before the season, my answer would be a strong no. Bembry is finally enjoying full health and has even found his three point shot. Keep in mind, Bembry didn’t hit a three until April of his rookie season.
@darrylfreshd | Who do the Hawks take if they finish with the 4 or 5 overall draft excluding Zion or RJ?
At that point you just go best player available at any position other than PG.

@Nasteedunx | What will it take to get D’Marcus Simonds some Ja Morant style hype?

A March Madness upset. Shoutout RJ Hunter.
Also, Georgia State is a really underrated program that I think will start to see more high level recruits come through.
 
@femaleatlhawk | Will Hawks make the playoffs next season? If yes, with what lineup?

Absolutely! Since the rebuild has begun, I have maintained that the Hawks would make the playoffs in 2020. Being the Eastern Conference where 38 wins will usually get you in the Hawks should easily find themselves in contention.

I think they’re even ahead of schedule development wise this year. Add another lottery pick (likely two) to the feisty young core and we could be talking!

Trae Young, Kevin Huerter, Draft/FA, John Collins, Draft/FA

@Jansen_Harris (IG) | Will Kent Bazemore be traded?

I hope not. A contender may get desperate and offer us a first rounder which GM Travis Schlenk would find hard to deny. Kent Bazemore has already expressed interest in resigning with the Hawks for what it’s worth.

Also HQ fans, be sure to check out everything Jansen is doing over at the JustGoodNetwork!

@ATL_pillowtalk (IG) | Will the Falcons bring back the all black unis?

I think it will continue to be a one yearly throwback theme game.

@k1dn0thng (IG) | Will there still be a Freeman/Coleman duo next season?

No. The Falcons need to find creative ways to manage their cap right now and shore up their lines.
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Phil Veasley
Phil Veasley is a resident of Atlanta who has been a die-hard Hawks fan since 2005. He is Civil Engineer student at KSU. Currently, Phil writes for Atlanta Hawks Talk while also managing all ATLSportsHQ sites. He can be reached on Twitter at @_ATLPhil

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