The Atlanta Hawks were the surprise of the postseason this year. They entered the playoffs as the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference and were able to make a run. Trae Young really carried his team and show that he is a legitimate star in the NBA.
Now, it is about Atlanta putting the right players around him. Young suffered an injury in the postseason and was forced to miss time but was able to make it back. The Hawks put themselves in a position to be successful for the upcoming years and this trade could keep them moving in the right direction.
There’s no guarantee that John Collins will end up making a return after he reaches restricted free agency. If a team is aggressive in their pursuit of him, a sign-and-trade scenario to gain value out of his departure could be a more advantageous solution.
Atlanta could look to the Detroit Pistons for this. Detroit is a rebuilding team that has already showed signs of being big sellers. Derrick Rose was sent to the New York Knicks during the season while Blake Griffin agreed to a buyout with the team.
Jeremi Grant could be the next player moved. He signed a three-year deal in the offseason last year but does not fit into the future plans for the franchise.
After landing the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, and a chance to draft Cade Cunningham, the Pistons could begin to build their team around him. Here is an NBA trade scenario that will get them a decent return from the Hawks.