The Atlanta Hawks currently are sitting with the 15th pick in this year’s NBA Draft.
While there are good and serviceable players available in the middle of the first round, none seem to be franchise-changing players.
Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that Atlanta’s general manger Danny Ferry is aware that Sacramento would be willing to move their eighth overall pick for a “veteran player.”
Who could be that veteran player for the Hawks that could command an eighth overall pick?
Millsap is coming off of a career year in which he averaged nearly 18 points per game and earned an All-Star game appearance. Millsap signed a two year, $18M contract last summer and is entering his final season with the Hawks.
Personally, I’m not sure if Atlanta considers Millsap a part of the future. Once his contract is up this next summer, Millsap will be riding shotgun in the negotiation process. His good play will allow him to demand a significant raise, and I’m not sold Atlanta will be willing to pay the price.
Millsap’s current cheap contract helps make him so enticing to other teams. I don’t think a straight swap for Millsap and the eighth pick will be fair, as the Hawks might have to throw in a reserve player or a future second round pick as well.
Now for fun, let’s imagine the trade was made. The Hawks are now sitting with the 8th and 15th pick in this year’s deep draft.
That would allow the Hawks to add two potential starters, but it wouldn’t be early enough in the draft to bring in a franchise changer. The Hawks would need to be in the top five for that.
But guess what? The Hawks could package its two first round picks and move into the top five for sure and possibly the top three.
This is pretty far-fetched, but with Ferry’s past as a GM, we have seen he’s always thinking outside the box.
I’m still not sure if I’d want to see this happen, but for sure it is an entertaining idea.
What do you think? Let me know in the comment section below what you would like to see the Hawks do/pick in this year’s Draft or tweet me @briangarcia0724!