The Atlanta Hawks are reportedly shopping their No. 6 pick in the upcoming 2020 NBA Draft and have intentions of making a playoff push.
The Hawks could potentially trade that pick to the San Antonio Spurs for the No. 11 pick and DeMar DeRozan, according to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer.
DeRozan could serve as a secondary playmaker along with rising star Trae Young.
The Hawks have previously been mentioned as a likely candidate to trade their lottery pick and also be active in trade talks on or leading up to draft night.
Multiple people in the Hawks’ organization including head coach Lloyd Pierce and some players believe that the team can make the playoffs next season with their promising young core of players.
With that win-now mentality, the Hawks will likely be aggressive in free agency in order to capitalize on Young’s emergence, notes O’Connor.
Under general manager Travis Schlenk, the Hawks haven’t been that assertive in recent offseasons, as they’ve signed cheaper players in the second or third wave of free agency.
One of the possible free agent targets for the Hawks is Denver Nuggets forward Jerami Grant.
Only a handful of teams will have the cap space for Grant, as the Hawks are projected to have around $40-$45 million in cap room when free agency opens up.
In any trade talks this offseason, Schlenk will also likely target productive veterans to pair with the team’s young core.
The Hawks have a bright and promising future and their full potential could be unlocked next season.