Atlanta Hawks: 3 Trade Targets on the Washington Wizards

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Otto Porter Jr. #22 to the Atlanta Hawks (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images) /

Trade Target #2: Otto Porter Jr.

The second trade target for the Atlanta Hawks should be Porter Jr. who has been struggling to find a role in the nation’s capital (this season). This trade may be a stretch considering the amount of money that Porter Jr. is owed.

After the 2016-17 season, Porter Jr. signed a 4-year $106.5 million offer sheet with the Brooklyn Nets, however, the Wizards would match the offer. This season he has seen his minutes and role reduced.

Trading for Porter Jr. could be a blessing and a curse. If general manager Travis Schlenk makes this trade it speaks volumes to his faith in Taurean Prince and Bembry. However, Porter Jr. is a lot better than what people give him credit for.

Yes, this trade would affect the Hawks’ finances in the near future but selling free agents on Atlanta is a hard task (no disrespect).

The Georgetown product can provide the Hawks with three-point shooting, versatility and defense. Last season he shot 44.1 percent from three and finished third in the league behind Darren Collison and Reggie Bullock.

Having Prince on the roster as well may cause a cluster at the forward position but both players can coexist.

Currently, Porter Jr. is averaging 11.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists while averaging a 14.7 usage rating. On the other hand, Beal (25) and Wall (28.6) are both dominant guards who require the ball in their hands.

By making this trade the Hawks would be able to move Bazemore’s contract while cashing in on Lin’s stock. Just imagine Porter Jr. running the wing and receiving a dime from Young. Morris will help the Hawks with depth and versatility.