How Did the Hawks Do at the Trade Deadline?
The Hawks were very active at the deadline. They were involved in the monster four-team deal and they made a few other moves on the margins.
Here are the results:
Traded Away: Evan Turner, Alex Len, Jabari Parker, Brooklyn’s lotto-protected 2020 first-round pick, and Golden State’s 2026 second-round pick
Received: Clint Capela, Nene, Dewayne Dedmon, Skal Labissiere, Derrick Walton, Houston’s 2020 second-round pick, and Miami’s 2021 second-round pick
Waived: Chandler Parsons, Nene, and Derrick Walton
The Hawks had a quality deadline. Most of the pieces they lost were insignificant. They dealt away Turner who was on an expiring contract and not in the rotation, Alex Len who is nice but tops out as a backup center, Jabari Parker who was likely going to opt into his inflated player option this summer, and a first and second round pick.
They also lost about $30 million in cap space for this summer. While $30 million is a lot of cap space to lose, it’s not as if they took on $30 million in bad salary, they just viewed their return better than what they would have done with that money in free agency. Plus, they still have around $45 million in space, they will be just fine.
The Nets pick stings to lose, but the return is certainly worth it. Clint Capela is a back-end top-10 center in the league and he is locked up on a long-term team-friendly deal. When he gets healthy, he will step into the starting center role and be an excellent pick and roll partner for Trae Young. Him plus Cam Reddish and De’Andre Hunter taking steps on the defensive end (which both have shown promise) starts the process of the Hawks becoming respectable on defense. There will be times when his fit is clunky next to John Collins, but with minute staggering and Collins perimeter development, this should not be too much of an impairment.
Bringing Dedmon back to the team is a solid addition as well, especially when the price is getting off Parker’s bad contract and receiving two second round picks. Dedmon provides a much-needed veteran presence in Atlanta. He had his best years of his career in his last stint with Hawks, I would expect him to get close to that this time. Playing with an elite passing point guard will help him significantly. He is also the perfect complement to John Collins in Atlanta’s offense. Dedmon popping allows Collins to roll hard to the rim when Trae Young comes off their famous double-drag screen.
One other underrated aspect of the Dedmon trade is the Hawks now have a medium-sized salary to trade. Dedmon has a very light guarantee on his contract for 2021-2022, he is basically expiring. His contract could be important for salary matching if the Hawks chase a superstar next year.
The Hawks filled a huge hole at the center position this deadline. They still have ample cap space and their own first-round pick in the upcoming draft. Even if Capela and Dedmon end up being terrible as Hawks, the logic behind the deals were 100% justifiable. The future in Atlanta looks a lot brighter after these moves.