Report: Marco Belinelli, Ersan Ilyasova likely on the move from Hawks
Despite being part of a rebuilding season, the Atlanta Hawks are expected to roll the dice during this NBA trade deadline, likely dangling some of their veterans on the trade market to see if they can get any young assets in return.
According to Marc Stein of The New York Times, the Hawks are looking to shop forward Ersan Ilyasova and shooting guard Marco Belinelli; though they will likely only fetch a second-round pick for their services.
“The Hawks are still actively trying to find new homes for Ersan Ilyasova and Marco Belinelli, but only second-rounders are in play for the Hawks as we speak,” wrote Stein. “It would appear, with a week and change to go before the trade deadline, that Belinelli is more likely to be moved than Ilyasova, who has the right to veto any proposed deal as a player on a one-year contract who resigned in the off-season with his previous team (making him what’s known as a One-Year Bird).”
The Hawks reportedly will look to part ways with Dennis Schroder later down the road, as the market hasn’t fetched any good returns for the speedy German floor general, but until then, general manager Travis Schlenk will start working on de-composing this roster to bare bones until he’s found the right pieces to build it up again.
Rookie John Collins has started to flourish into his role with the team and looks to be a solid future double-double threat with some upside in his shot-blocking abilities. Even if Atlanta won’t garner a first-round selection, a second-round gem could easily translate into starting material if the Hawks can materialize on their investment.