RUMOR: Hawks looking to trade 1st-round pick in attempt to make a playoff push
The Atlanta Hawks won the No. 6 overall pick at this year’s NBA Draft Lottery. What the team will actually choose to do with this first round pick remains to be seen, but one report suggests they could be looking to deal.
As part of his recent mock draft for The Ringer, Kevin O’Connor noted that the Hawks are “shopping their first round pick” with a goal of making a playoff push while sharpshooter Trae Young is still on the rise:
The Hawks are shopping their first-round pick and intend to push for the playoffs, according to multiple league sources. Expect them to also be aggressive in free agency; the franchise wants to win now and capitalize on Trae Young’s emergence. DeRozan could serve as a secondary on-ball creator next to Young. It’s not a perfect trade or fit, but this type of construct could be what Atlanta is immediately looking for. Selecting (Patrick) Williams, who is receiving top-10 hype from teams, would also give them an upside scorer at the forward position.
The Hawks finished the 2019-20 regular season with a disappointing 20-47 overall record. This mark left them as the 14th-ranked team in the Eastern Conference, just ahead of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
At this point, it’s not entirely clear what the Hawks have planned for their first round pick in this year’s virtual draft, which is scheduled to be held at ESPN’s studios in Bristol, Connecticut on November 18.
This report from The Ringer, however, would seem to indicate that Atlanta is open to the idea of dealing their pick for a proven star — a player who could help the team achieve their postseason goals in the ensuing campaign.
For now, we’ll have to wait and see what sort of action the Hawks choose to take.