We’re one week into free agency, and things have been crazier than ever.
There’s more money being spent than usual, more players leaving for different teams and the trades have been surprising. If there’s one thing we can take away from all this, it is that this upcoming season will be something to watch.
This is the most balanced the NBA has been in years, which is great thing for the future. Even though the Hawks have not been big spenders in free agency yet, the other moves around the league have affected them.
Market is running low on big men
Coming into the offseason, it was known that center would be a position of need for the Hawks. They drafted Bruno Fernando with the 35th pick, but it’s not certain if the Hawks will bring him in slowly or not.
As expected, Dewayne Dedmon signed with the Kings earlier in the week, and now the team is searching for answers. Most of the centers on the market have been signed, and options are getting low. DeMarcus Cousins could have been a possible choice for the Hawks, especially if his asking price was not high.
One of the options the team still has is Khem Birch, who played for the Orlando Magic last year. The Magic extended a qualifying offer to him, so it won’t be easy getting him off their hands if they plan on matching any offer.
A stronger (or weaker) conference?
Last season, there was a definite top four teams in the Eastern Conference: the Raptors, Bucks, Celtics, and Sixers. After the first week of free agency, everything is more spread out. The Raptors no longer have Kawhi, the Celtics lost Kyrie and Horford (but gained Kemba), and Sixers added Josh Richardson and Horford.
Not to mention, the Nets signed KD and Kyrie, which makes another strong team in the East. Does this put the Hawks timeline to be a contender on hold after these moves, or will they still be on the cusp of battling with some of the best in the near future? With so many changes around the league so far, it’s hard to tell where the Hawks will fit in.
One last dance, Vince?
So far, there have not been any talks about Vince meeting with any teams. This gives the Hawks a good chance to bring the veteran presence back for his last year in the league. The Hawks have more young players on the team, and Vince can definitely be the person they lean on during the season.
He helped Trae Young navigate through his rookie season and gave John Collins pointers on his game. The Hawks may also need some bodies at power forward, and Carter has shown the ability to take on players bigger than him.
We already know the Hawks won’t be big spenders, but getting Vince back would be the best move of their offseason.
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