5. Rudy Gobert
Due to the recent tension between Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, there has been a lot of talk around where Gobert may end up if traded. A team that has certainly been floated as a possibility is the Atlanta Hawks.
Now, the Hawks just recently acquired Clint Capela who is effectively a worse version of Rudy Gobert. Even though Capela has yet to play a game for the Hawks, if they could flip him, Kevin Huerter and Bruno Fernando into a two-time Defensive Player of the Year in Rudy Gobert… that seems like a no-brainer.
This is a trade that may also require the Hawks to send a couple picks to the Utah Jazz as well, but as long as it’s reasonable, it would be worth it for the Hawks.
This season for the Jazz, Rudy Gobert averaged 15.1 points, 13.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game while shooting 69.8 percent from the field. This type of production, which resulted in Gobert’s first All-Star selection, is hard to find in the NBA and would greatly benefit the Hawks, especially on the defensive end of the floor.
Assuming the asking price isn’t too high, Rudy Gobert makes perfect sense alongside Trae Young, Cam Reddish, De’Andre Hunter and John Collins. If the opportunity presents itself, the Hawks should make this trade.