Hawks interested in Marcus Smart as De’Andre Hunter gets set to return
Smart’s presence from the Boston lineup has been sorely missed, as he has just played six games since coming back from a serious calf injury. Smart was out for a month and a half.
The Celtics find themselves in the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference. Had Smart not missed time, the Celtics would probably have a better record.
Smart would be an interesting addition to the Hawks. He complements young point guard Trae Young as they would make a formidable duo. Even from a physical standpoint, Young is one of the smaller players around, while Smart can suit up as a linebacker for the Atlanta Falcons.
Smart is an absolute dog on defense and was a member of the NBA All-Defensive First Team twice. He has an outside shot that is a bit of a wildcard, as in one game he could be lighting it up from downtown, but in the next, he will be launching bricks.
His playmaking has been steadily getting better, as he is averaging 5.4 dimes this season. Lastly, Smart is a vocal player, who competes with much tenacity and energy, which could infect the Hawks as they look to continue their rise.
Some piece of good news for the Hawks is the imminent return of De’Andre Hunter, which could be as soon as Monday in the team’s matchup versus the Los Angeles Clippers. Hunter reportedly had arthroscopic surgery in early February. He will provide an extra punch to both sides of the ball to one of the hottest teams in the league, which is riding an eight-game winning streak.