Atlanta Hawks Will Have Room for Two Max Free Agents in 2020 Offseason

Brandon Ingram Jaylen Brown Atlanta Hawks (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Brandon Ingram Jaylen Brown Atlanta Hawks (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

A quick look at the 2020 free agency, and how the Atlanta Hawks cap space will fit into that situation.

After a relatively quiet free agency for the Atlanta Hawks in 2019, the team will surely be one of the biggest players in the 2020 cap space derby, according to a recent story by Danny Leroux of The Athletic (subscription required).

Leroux outlines the fact that, combined, teams will have roughly $500 million in cap space in 2020 with a whopping 15 percent of that belonging to the Hawks – at a lofty $74.1 million in space.

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Of course, cap space is only as important and impactful as the players that it can sign and, in this case, 2020 is shaping up to be a true dud of a free agent class.

Though the Hawks will surely need some of that space for extensions for John Collins, Trae Young and Kevin Huerter down the line, when it comes to actual free agents in the 2020 class – it’s slim pickings.

According to Spotrac, many of the marquee names, such as DeMar DeRozan, Otto Porter, Andre Drummond and Anthony Davis all have player options or would not particularly fit with the plans the Hawks have in place so early in the team’s rebuild.

Though there are a few players that might fit better (Marc Gasol, Serge Ibaka, Derrick Favors, Paul Millsap), they are all a bit on the older side and, once again, would not particularly slide in easily with the team’s young core.

Scrolling further down Spotrac’s list finds names such as Jerami Grant, Fred VanVleet, Montrezl Harrell, Brandon Ingram, JaMychal Green and Jaylen Brown – who would fit a bit better on the team potentially but might also have meaty offers from their incumbent team on the table.

It must be noted that all of these names do not necessarily pop off the page, showcasing why this free agent class is relatively lackluster. All of those names do not scream “max offer.”

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Though the Atlanta Hawks will have plenty of space, it will be interesting to see just what General Manager Travis Schlenk does with it in the 2020 offseason.