The trade deadline is only a few days away and, for now, all seems to be quiet for the Atlanta Hawks. With that in mind, Sean Deveney of the Sporting News provided some insight as to why and, in short, it appears that Atlanta’s available talent is not proving to be overly enticing in a broad sense.
Dewayne Dedmon is described as “the most coveted of the available Hawks,” though that comes with the caveat that garnering a first-round pick for his services may be too lofty to expect.
Ideally, the Hawks could fetch a late first-rounder for Dedmon. But first-round picks will be hard to come by on Thursday, and no one’s giving up a first-round pick for a few months of Dedmon, even as he has played better since returning.
Beyond that, Dedmon is reportedly receiving interest from the Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers and Oklahoma City Thunder, to varying degrees.
Still, the Bucks have expressed interest, sources told Sporting News, and though the Sixers are expected to make a push for help on the wing, there’s been some interest from Philadelphia, which will have four second-round picks in this year’s draft. Oklahoma City, too, is looking for wing help, but has interest in Dedmon for frontcourt depth.
Because Dedmon has a player option for 2018-2019 (one that the report indicates he’s likely to decline in favor of a new deal), he may be a pure rental and that complicates things considerably. Still, he has played quite well since arriving in Atlanta and, if not for a midseason injury, there is reason to think that he would be attracting even more attention.
The Hawks are in an interesting situation in the midst of a rebuild and, if it would entice more assets (especially through the draft), the team could choose to take on long-term salary. For now, there are no specifics with regard to what a return could look like for the veteran big man but, in short, everyone (outside of John Collins) appears to be available right now.