The Hawks are making changes this offseason. Travis Schlenk said it was a mistake not to shuffle the roster a year ago, and now he will be looking to level up. Luckily for him, Hawks ownership is willing to give him the money to build a championship-caliber team. Tony Ressler told the media that crossing the luxury tax threshold does not scare him.
There should be several big name names on the market that the Hawks will be interested in, and most are not yet available to the public. Ben Simmons was someone Atlanta was interested in at the trade deadline last season, but the price was too high at the time. Bradley Beal is another star who could hit the trading block, and Rudy Gobert is widely considered the most available All-Star after another disappointing first-round outing for the Jazz.
However, Gobert’s Utah counterpart is also a candidate for the trade. Donovan Mitchell has remained optimistic about his future with the Jazz and wants to win for the organization that drafted him, but the 25-year-old will surely attract league-wide interest if he is made available. And Atlanta could be the perfect landing spot for Spida; in fact, according to Sports Illustrated reports, the Hawks are one of two teams (Heat) interested in Mitchell if the Jazz decide to trade him.
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Mitchell was one of the stars I included in a list of potential players to pair with Young:
A backyard duo of Ice and Spida is tantalizing. He would immediately become arguably the best guarding pair in the Association. Neither player has played with someone of the other’s caliber, but Mitchell is a terrible defender. Young and Mitchell would no doubt be explosive offensively, but the addition of another abysmal defender will make monitoring the Hawks quite difficult. I don’t think it’s likely for that reason; moreover, I see the Jazz parting ways with Rudy Gobert instead of Mitchell.
The offense would be watching TV, but the defense would be the exact opposite. Could it be serious enough to scare Travis Schlenk?
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