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Atlanta Hawks made “aggressive” trade offers for Paul George and Jimmy Butler, per report

It ended up being a relatively quiet deadline but it reportedly wasn’t for a lack of trying.

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The Atlanta Hawks picked up a bench upgrade in Ersan Ilyasova at the 2017 NBA trade deadline and, as a result, the team is in better shape for the stretch run than it was one week ago. However, that relatively quiet trade deadline showing reportedly wasn’t because the Hawks weren’t aiming high.

Marc Stein of ESPN brings word that the Hawks made “aggressive” trade offers to the Indiana Pacers and Boston Celtics for Paul George and Jimmy Butler, respectively.

In addition to this revelation, Stein also shed a bit of light as to what Atlanta could have been offering in an attempt to lure one of the game’s best wings.

Because the Hawks don’t have a great number of attractive contracts to move in trade, a deal like this would have to consist primarily of draft picks and that is indicated here. The concept of “more” than three first-round picks may seem crazy but, if Atlanta was able to pull off such a deal, the team’s picks would be less attractive in trade and the asking prices for both George and Butler were reportedly sky high.

Would the Hawks be better off trading three (or more) first round picks in a package along with other assets like Taurean Prince, Tim Hardaway Jr. and DeAndre Bembry if it meant receiving Jimmy Butler or Paul George in return? Probably, but it remains up for debate just how serious these talks were. For now, we can only dream.