Last season, the Atlanta Hawks surprised many in the NBA when they went on to take down the 1-seeded Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, but this season has been rough for them. Atlanta currently finds themselves 17-23 and a full 3 games back from the Boston Celtics for the 10-seed in the East.
Trae Young has been playing like an All-Star once again, but his supporting cast has not always shown up. The Hawks have dealt with a ton of injuries this season and while they are the second rated offensive team in the league, they rank just 28th in defensive rating.
Some nights, the Hawks look like the playoff-caliber team they were when they beat the Philadelphia 76ers and other nights, they take a step backwards and look like a team searching for answers within its rotations.
There is no stability on this roster right now, which is why the Hawks made the move the other day to trade Cam Reddish. On Thursday, the Hawks traded Cam Reddish, Solomon Hill and a 2025 second-round pick to the New York Knicks in exchange for Kevin Knox and a 2022 first-round pick via Charlotte.
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Reddish was in the midst of a breakout season with the Hawks, but salary concerns moving forward ultimately dictated this trade.
After committing over $300M to Trae Young, Clint Capela, John Collins and Kevin Huerter in the offseason, the Hawks were left very thin on the financial side of things and were not going to be able to keep both Cam Reddish and De’Andre Hunter, two young wings who are extension-eligible this upcoming offseason.