The NBA Trade Deadline is this Thursday at 3PM.
With the Hawks firmly out of the playoff picture, expect them to make some moves to further solidify their future flexibility. As we see each year in the NBA, most teams who are below the playoff line try to sell off some of their veteran players for more draft picks or financial freedom.
The Hawks have several veterans that contending teams may have their sights set on this week. As well as maybe even a young player that we thought would make up a major part of our future core.
Let’s take a look at who I think could be moved by Thursday. The players are listed in order of their likelihood to be traded in my opinion.
I would be shocked if Dedmon suited up for the Hawks Thursday night vs the Raptors. Dedmon is a great backup big who can really help a team out who is in need of some front court depth for the playoffs. Dewayne has had a great season for Atlanta and is on a expiring deal. We could potentially get another first round pick from a team who is desperate for that much needed front court depth.
After a horrible start to the season, Jeremy Lin has been that steady veteran backup Point Guard every team needs. Rumors have been flying linking Lin to many teams including Portland and Philly.
The most intriguing that I’ve seen is the hypothetical trade sending Lin and Dedmon to Philly in exchange for former number one pick Markelle Fultz. That deal would immediately help Philly cement themselves as contenders while transitioning Fultz into a low pressure situation in Atlanta where he could take time to fully heal himself.
The Hawks however, would be without a backup Point Guard in the event of trading Lin which could be harmful for the development and mentorship of Trae Young. It is instrumental for Young to have that sort of leadership around him at this stage of his career.
Baze has already expressed interest in resigning with the Hawks. But throughout his tenure, he’s been constantly been brought up in trade talks. Being on the last year of his massive four year – 70 million dollar deal, contenders looking for wing depth and decent shooting could be dangling a first round pick for Bazemore.
While it would hurt the locker room, the court and the community to see Baze go, Travis Schlenk has maintained that the number one goal is to acquire assets and maintain flexibility.
After Taurean ended last season on fire, many thought he was on his way to stardom. He just hasn’t shown it this season. With the core of Young, Collins and Huerter making waves around the league, it appears Prince may be the odd man out.
While it would shock me for the Hawks to pull the trigger midseason, it has been reported that Travis Schlenk is listening to calls. I’m not sure what a Prince involved trade would look like, but Schlenk would not just “get rid of him”.
All in all, I expect Prince to be here, for now.