Atlanta Hawks: 2020 Free Agent Options After Monday’s Extension Deadline

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With oodles of cap space in 2020, the Atlanta Hawks saw multiple big names come off the board via rookie extensions on Monday. Read on to explore who’s left.

Multiple teams were busy on Monday due to the rookie extension deadline falling by the end of the day. While the Atlanta Hawks did not re-sign any players to rookie extensions, multiple teams did – further weakening what looks to be a historically bad free agency class in the 2020 offseason.

Of course, the Atlanta Hawks are positioned to have an absolute cache of cap space during that offseason, likely enough for two maximum contracts. Now that players such as Jaylen Brown, Buddy Hield, Domantas Sabonis and more have re-upped for multiple years with their current teams.

With those notable figures re-signing that leaves only an extremely short list of players that are left. Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports had it on Twitter:

As you can see, two Atlanta Hawks players were featured there, as the team did not manage to come to an extension agreement with Hawks lifer DeAndre’ Bembry – though it seems reasonable to expect the team to make Bembry a priority during the offseason as they will sorely need his defensive chops and perimeter creation going forward.

When it comes to Damian Jones, it will likely take the length of the regular season – or at least a large swath of it – to decide whether the team want him to stick around. While the early preseason returns weren’t great, it will take time for him to acclimated to the team’s structure, so let’s not toss him under the bus just yet.

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That list above is not a particularly inspiring one. For this writer, the headliners would be Juancho Hernangomez, Malik Beasley, Brandon Ingram and Dario Saric – in that order. All (save for Ingram) could likely be had on a reasonable contract, so it will be interesting to see how the Atlanta Hawks play it next offseason.