Should the Atlanta Hawks show interest in Kevin Porter Jr.

Atlanta Hawks. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
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The Atlanta Hawks have a good young core. Should they try and add second-year man Kevin Porter Jr. now that the Cleveland Cavaliers have said they will either trade or release him?

The Atlanta Hawks are in a good position to add young talent, especially via trade as they have a lot of low-value contracts that belong to solid contributors. While fans may not want to give up players like Kevin Huerter, De’Andre Hunter, Cam Reddish, or John Collins, sometimes opportunities are too good to pass up.

The opportunity which the Hawks may look to exploit is the situation involving Kevin Porter jr. The Second year Cavaliers swingman is reportedly going to be traded or released as he reportedly threw food after he found out that his locker was being given to Taurean Prince per Bleacher Report.

Porter, who has not played a game this season due to personal issues averaged 10.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 0.9 steals in 23.2 minutes per game in his rookie year. While it is a concern he has not played this season, the Hawks should at least put their toe in the water on this player.

What the Atlanta Hawks should offer for Kevin Porter jr.

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The Hawks should not offer anything more than a second-round pick for Porter. He has shown an ability to score and has an all-round game which may be of interest to this team. While Porter is a first-round pick from last year, he was taken with the 30th pick and has not shown the potential to cost the Hawks their first-round pick for the next draft.

Also, the Cavaliers have lower the trade potential of Porter by saying they want to trade or release him due to a disciplinary reason. The fact that he has not played this year for an unspecified reason could mean the Hawks may be getting a problem rather than an asset.

If the asking price is any higher then the Hawks should simply withdraw from the discussion. Porter does not add to the 3-point shooting of the Hawks and they have enough players who play the same position. Porter would only be a trade chip for a future deal

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