The San Antonio Spurs will be headed for a busy NBA offseason. Perhaps the top of the priorities list will be DeMar DeRozan’s decision regarding his $27.7 million player option. The Los Angeles Lakers have been linked as a potential landing spot, but what about the Atlanta Hawks?
According to Legion Hoops Ross, the Hawks will pursue a trade for DeRozan if he opts-in and the Spurs make him available for trade.
The Hawks need more established talent to pair with Trae Young in order to be better suited to contend for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. It just remains to be seen whether DeRozan would be the cleanest fit with a player as ball dominant as Young.
The potential limitations aren’t a matter of skill for Young. He possesses a highly efficient spot-up jumper and could use his shooting gravity in a similar way Stephen Curry has shown to do with the Golden State Warriors by moving without the basketball.
It will just be vital that Young embraces attacking more within the flow of the game and is willing to sacrifice. With Clint Capela set to make his Hawks debut next season, the unit would start to develop into a formidable adversary for other playoff contenders.
From the perspective of DeMar DeRozan, it seems far more appealing to join the Los Angeles Lakers as opposed to the Atlanta Hawks. Being in a position to contend for an NBA title while playing alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis on his hometown team? That’s an incredible combination.
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