The 2021-22 NBA trade deadline is coming up quickly and teams are starting to gear up for what could be a flurry of moves. One intriguing team to keep an eye on is the Atlanta Hawks, who could look to take a swing ahead of the deadline. Could a player like Indiana Pacers’ All-Star center Domantas Sabonis be a potential target?
No, we aren’t reporting that anything has been talked about between the Pacers and Hawks. However, Sabonis was mentioned as a potentially elite trade target for Atlanta.
Hoops Habit mentioned Sabonis and the Hawks as a “home run” fit. It certainly would be an interesting deal. Here’s a quick snippet of what they said about the possibility.
Still, if the Hawks want to go all-in this season, Sabonis makes sense. They can use a three-headed frontcourt duo, solving the issue of Gallinari’s mighty struggles. He’d space the floor, giving Trae Young even more room to operate his lobs and floaters.
The investment would likely be rich, but the Hawks have plenty of assets. Both young talents like Cam Reddish and Onyeka Okongwu, and enough draft picks to get the deal done.
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Wow. Now this would be an intriguing deal to see get done. Do the Hawks have enough assets to make something happen that the Pacers would want to part with their star center?
Sabonis has put together another big season for Indiana so far this year. He has averaged 19.3 points per game to go along with 11.7 rebounds and 4.5 assists. In addition to those averages, Sabonis has shot 58.6 percent from the floor overall and has knocked down 32.3 percent of his three-point attempts.
If the Hawks were to trade for Sabonis, they would not be getting a good defender. Sabonis has struggled defensively and does not have great athleticism against many front-court players in the NBA. He also isn’t a great three-point shooter, although he can knock them down and catch fire at times.
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However, the Hawks would be getting a big who can score at will in the post. Sabonis is also an elite rebounder. Those are areas that Atlanta could use improvement.
It will be interesting to see if Domantas Sabonis is actually available or if the Pacers are simply open to fielding phone calls. The Hawks would have a hard time coming up with a viable trade package, but this is an interesting idea to think about.