Rumor: Hawks reportedly in ‘full-scale sell mode’
The Atlanta Hawks are reportedly going to push the envelope during this NBA trade deadline, making the entire house available for trade in hopes to find new young assets.
According to Sean Deveney of The Sporting News, the Hawks are in “full-scale sell mode” and looking to be aggressive with two days left to make a swap.
“General manager Travis Schlenk, hired last May, has put the Hawks into full-scale sell mode approaching the deadline on Thursday, with just about everyone on the roster outside of rookie John Collins up for discussion.”
There’s been a massive demand in the big man market, despite the poor offers after stars had been signed during the previous offseason. Center Dewayne Dedmon has garnered plenty of looks from opposing front offices due to his low 20s playing time and ability to score, rebound, defend, and shoot the three — making him a versatile asset for any team.
The Hawks have been looking to move Marco Belinelli and Ersan Ilyasova for weeks now, to no avail, but they could get as desperate as buying them out in the near future, if a trade doesn’t come down the pipe.
Even considerable pillars of this Atlanta team like Dennis Schroder and Kent Bazemore can be moved in a bundle for the right offer, as Schlenk and the front office don’t see the current roster construction going far enough in a more competitive Eastern Conference.
Schroder has generated “surprisingly little interest” on the market for his services due to the three additional years left on his contract extension. Besides that, Deveney said “there is doubt among league executives” when it comes to his upside as a leader — a large part being his inconsistency on the floor from game-to-game.