The Atlanta Hawks did not add a single asset at the 2018 trade deadline, leaving many fans with a sour taste. Of course, this was always a possibility and, in general, the Hawks avoided damage that could have taken place by receiving bad salary in return for a veteran expiring contract.
Still, the team did consummate two trades on Thursday. First, Atlanta flipped Luke Babbitt to Miami in exchange for Okaro White and, though it has not yet happened, reports indicate that White will be waived. Then, near the end of the frenzy, the Hawks reportedly acquired Sheldon Mac from the Wizards.
Washington is trading guard Sheldon Mac to Atlanta, league sources tell Yahoo.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 8, 2018
Shortly after initial word broke, Michael Cunningham of the AJC clarified that the Hawks will be waiving Mac, who is out for the season with an Achilles injury. He also noted that Atlanta will receive cash from Washington and, by necessity, will send a heavily protected second-round pick that is wildly unlikely to even convey.
In the end, the Hawks would be left with 14 players under contract (with the possibility of buyouts for Marco Belinelli and Ersan Ilyasova) and GM Travis Schlenk shared that a premium will be placed on cap space when the summer arrives.
Hawks GM Schlenk: "We think cap space will be very valuable this summer, especially based on the way the deadline went."— Michael Cunningham (@MCunninghamAJC) February 8, 2018