The 2018 NBA Draft has been busy for the Atlanta Hawks but, after making three selections and a significant trade, Travis Schlenk and company may be done for the evening. Prior to the No. 34 selection, word broke that the Hawks will send the pick, which eventually became Kansas guard Devonte Graham, to the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for two future second round selections. Other players available to the Hawks at No. 34 included Melvin Frazier, DeAnthony Melton, Shake Milton, and Khyri Thomas.
At this point, the exact specifications of those picks are unknown but this is an instance in which the Hawks seemingly decided the available crop of players was not enticing enough to make a selection. Charlotte is out two of their own second-round picks to the Knicks stemming from their acquisition of Willy Hernangomez at the 2018 trade deadline, but they do have the Clippers’ second-rounder in 2021 to send to Atlanta. Additionally, they hold unnamed future second-rounders from the Clippers, which they acquired on draft night in a first-round swap with Los Angeles, and a 2021 second-round pick they received from Brooklyn in the Dwight Howard trade earlier this week.
During general manager Travis Schlenk’s post-draft media availability, he mentioned that the two incoming second-round picks will be in 2019 and 2023, but it’s not clear at this stage from which teams those selections will come.
Both picks will likely be unprotected, since Charlotte was able to trade back into such a high position in this year’s draft, but which two picks Charlotte sent Atlanta remains to be seen.