Hawks Rumors: ATL ‘By Far the Most Active Team’ in Pre-NBA Draft Trade Talks

Hawks Rumors: ATL ‘By Far the Most Active Team’ in Pre-NBA Draft Trade Talks

Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) shows emotion in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brett Davis)

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The Atlanta Hawks have a young star in Trae Young and some intriguing pieces around him, and it sounds as though the team is ready to transition from rebuilding to starting to compete this season.

According to ESPN’s Jonathan Givony, “The Hawks are by far the most active team on the trade market, according to opposing front offices. They could attempt to be players for a veteran guard (such as Jrue Holiday or Victor Oladipo), but could also trade down for a younger player and a pick in the teens.”

If the Hawks do keep the selection, Givony projected them to take USC big man Onyeka Okongwu:

“Though Okongwu doesn’t represent an immediate need with Clint Capela and John Collins in the fold, he is considered by some people around the league to be the best big man in this draft. His defensive versatility as a switch-all, rim-protecting center with a strong feel for the game makes him an excellent fit in the modern game, and he has significant upside to grow into offensively, thanks to his reliable hands and soft touch.”

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

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