The Atlanta Hawks rebuilding phase looks to end sooner than many anticipated. After two consecutive seasons of falling short of the NBA Playoffs, the Hawks have a clear path to being competitive again.
Today the Atlanta Hawks traded for Evan Turner from the Portland Trail Blazers. While this news won’t have Hawks fans jumping out of their seat, they should be excited because the Hawks clearly have a plan in place outside of this trade.
What are the Atlanta Hawks up to?
The last two seasons have been nothing but smart front office moves for the Atlanta Hawks. They have acquired a number of expiring contracts from teams. A lot of money is set to come off the books by the summer of 2020.
The players set to expire in 2020:
Evan Turner – $18.6 million
Allen Crabbe– $18.5 million
Solomon Hill– $13.3 million
Miles Plumlee– $12.5 million
Total cap space freed = $62.9 million
This means that the Atlanta Hawks will be able to sign 2 max players to their team during the 2020 NBA Free agency.
Some notable free agents for 2020 are:
DeMar DeRozan, SG
Eric Gordon, SG
Gordon Hayward, SG/SF
Andre Drummund, C
Mike Conley, PG (Early Termination Option)
Draymond Green, PF
Anthony Davis, PF (Player Option)
Serge Ibaka, PF
Otto Porter, SF
Montrezl Harrell, PF
While this list isn’t anything compared to the 2019 NBA Free Agency, the Hawks could sign 1 max player in 2020 and wait until 2021 to sign another max player. They also could trade for a max player during the 2020 season and sign that player to an extended contract.
Don’t forget about the Atlanta Hawk’s very Young core
The Hawks have built a nice young core. They will be ready to take that next step in 2020.
Below are Atlanta’s young players listed with ages:
Trae Young -20 years old
Kevin Huerter -20 years old
De’Andre Hunter -21 years old
Cam Reddish -19 years old
John Collins -21 years old
Take this core, add in 2 max players and another draft. You have yourself a team that is no longer rebuilding. A team that is ready to compete by 2020 or 2021 at the latest.
Atlanta Hawks fans should be very excited. Looking at this, it’s a very good time to be a fan.
In Trae Young they trust
Atlanta fans feel that they have the true rookie of the year in Trae Young. They will look for him to lead this very young team to new heights in the near future.
They have done an excellent job adding other young pieces around Young. Now they just need to add a couple of established players and they will be right back in the playoff mix in the Eastern Conference.