The Atlanta Hawks only recently acquired the number 12 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, but it appears the organization is already trying to trade it. In addition, a report from Marc Stein of ESPN indicates that the number 21 pick is also on the trading block.
ESPN sources say that the Hawks are now shopping both No. 12 and No. 21 in tomorrow night's draft— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 22, 2016
This news should come as no surprise to Atlanta Hawks fans, as the team has been quite active when it comes to draft-day trades in recent years. Just one year ago, Mike Budenholzer, Wes Wilcox and company moved down twice, turning the number 15 pick into Tim Hardaway Jr., and the 2016 draft may be similar.
In should be noted that Stein’s report does not indicate what Atlanta is looking for, as the team could be looking to package both picks to move up on the board or the Hawks could be seeking immediate help in the form of a young veteran. The latter would be a more conventional fit for Atlanta, but another report indicates that the Hawks are already looking at options with their newly acquired pick.
NBA teams I talk to are expecting Atlanta to target one of the many big men available at #12. Poeltl, Deyonta Davis, Sabonis being mentioned— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) June 22, 2016
Everything (and I mean, everything) is fluid at this point, but the Hawks may not be done wheeling and dealing. Stay tuned.