The Atlanta Hawks are coming off of 3 forgetful seasons where they failed to make it into the Playoffs. Prior to that, they enjoyed 10 years of consistency, most notably under the guidance of L. Drew and M. Budenholzer.
This time around, they had #6 and #50 picks in the NBA Drafts 2020. Reports initially suggested that they may explore some options, but Travis Schlenk’s men remained firm on the picks.
The team welcomed Onyeka Okongwu and Skylar Mays to their rookie roster. They also made sure that the line-up boasted of championship winners.
The front-office entered the off-season with a clear motive to strengthen the core behind Trae Young. For this, they initially locked-in experienced forward Danilo Gallinari.
He secured a $61.5 million 3-year deal with the Hawks. A 6’10 and 32-YO shot-creator, this Italian player is a known berserker at the offense.
Next up, the Hawks devoured the signing of Kris Dunn. They were left with enough salary cap to house a greater talent pool, and so that’s what they did.
This deal cost them $10 million for a 2-year contract. He is a great perimeter defender and can prove efficient in multiple positions.
The latest and perhaps the biggest signing came with Rajon Rondo in a $15 million 2-year deal. The recently crowned champion is not a very dependable regular-season name. However, his leadership and elite passing skills will surely make him their most reliable backup point guard.
All this still begs the question of whether the Hawks can attract Brandon Ingram, considering his max-contract ambitions with the Pelicans do not pan out.
What’s more, there is a slim chance for the Hawks, with their massive salary space, to acquire Kentavious Caldwell-Pope just in case he does not re-sign with the Lakers.
Last but not least, they also have cards open for Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic by offering him a $72 million 4-year deal.
One big name that the Atlanta Hawks fans will miss from the 2020-21 roster is Dewayne Dedmon. They’ve reportedly sent him to the Detroit Pistons to receive guards Tony Snell and Khyri Thomas (waived). Snell will be a help from the downtown he also carries the potential to stretch the floor.
Another blow might come if the Hawks fail to reach an agreement to keep John Collins with them. Teams like the San Antonio Spurs have their eyes on the elite shooter. But the good news is that John himself wants to continue with the Atlanta-based outfit.
Let’s see how the coming days unfold for this side and how many more additions and subtractions take place before December.
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