The trade deadline came and went without any moves from the Atlanta Hawks. Although they shook up their roster in January by dealing Cam Reddish to the New York Knicks, that move hasn't paid off at all. It only served to get rid of Reddish, who requested a trade, and add a pick in this year's draft.
The Hawks could have also shipped out John Collins. They were using him as a trade chip in the hopes of landing Ben Simmons or Jerami Grant. Atlanta couldn't get either star or any other significant player before the trade deadline passed. Now, they have to look to the buyout market or try to regroup in order to get back into playoff contention.
The Hawks have dropped four of their last six games, halting the momentum they built up in a seven-game win streak at the end of January. Coming off a beatdown at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs, Bogdan Bogdanovic didn't mince words about what the team has to do better.
Bogdan Bogdanovic, on what the Hawks need to do better:
"Everything, honestly. After this last game, it is easy to find the answer. Whatever you say, you're going to be right, so the best answer is 'everything'. Start with personal things, maybe get this thing personal."
— Kevin Chouinard (@KLChouinard) February 12, 2022
This Hawks team is comprised of the same core that got them to the Eastern Conference Finals last season. Atlanta could have made a move for the Spurs' Derrick White, a defensive phenom, but opted to pass on him because they didn't want to trade Bogdanovic and a first-round pick.
White would have been a great addition for a team lacking in defense. The Hawks' reluctance to make the trade allowed the Boston Celtics to swoop in and take him. It's up to the players Atlanta already has to get firmly back into the playoff picture.