Atlanta Hawks: Four Young Players to Target via Trade

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4. Trey Lyles

A solid wing body who has played well for the Nuggets this season, Trey Lyles has an expiring deal that the Nuggets would likely move in any deal that would help them bolster its wing rotation ahead of a hopefully deep Western Conference playoff run.

Again, Bazemore is an extremely underrated and versatile that would suit the needs of any playoff team in the NBA. The Nuggets are no different. With a fare superior defense from years past, Bazemore would improve their defensive ceiling even more, and he has also shown the ability to play alongside Paul Millsap on the two players’ year together on the Atlanta Hawks.

If the Nuggets truly want to go “all-in” this season (which they probably don’t), maybe the Hawks could pry away a future pick from the team – be it second-round or first-round.

Lyles has shown some flashes in his time with the Nugs, but it seems that he is not part of their core going forward with other players chomping at the bit to take his minutes (Torrey Craig, Monte Morris, Malik Beasley). Lyles’s three-point shooting is also down from last season on similar attempts per game (38.1 percent on 3 attempts per game last year compared to 28.4 percent on 3.1 attempts per game this year).

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While Baze’s shooting is also down, he brings a sterling defensive pedigree that would be a sure boon for the Nugs gearing up for the playoffs. Lydon and Plumlee would be included as salary filler in this deal.