Atlanta Hawks: Exploring 3 trade ideas with the New York Knicks

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Atlanta Hawks trade idea No. 2

The depth of the issues for the Atlanta Hawks at the moment requires a more in-depth trade, involving more than one player moving from the roster. This trade involves two players from each team which helps both teams.

In this trade, the Hawks get Knox and point guard Austin Rivers. In return, the Knicks get Reddish and Rajon Rondo. Again, Reddish is a defensive-minded player which is a  skill-set prized above all others by coach Tom Thibodeau. Rondo is another veteran to help run the team, backing up the newly acquired Derrick Rose.

The Hawks benefit from getting the floor spacing Knox. However, they also get Austin Rivers who is able to run the second unit, creating for others but also is able to take the scoring load on his own should it be required.

Atlanta Hawks trade idea No. 3

The third trade idea between these two franchises involves the two players mentioned in the last trade. However, adding another player from each side makes this worth a look.

By adding the big men to the trade, this becomes particularly interesting for both sides. The first two players have been discussed previously so let’s take a look at how these two players would impact the franchises.

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With Nerlens Noel, the Hawks have one of the best reserve big men in the league. During his time with the OKC Thunder, Noel hed their second unit together defensively. He was also able to start in place of Steven Adams when required.

His role with the Hawks would be in a similar role. When Capela comes off the court, Noel would go on and this would give the second unit some bite defensively. This is going to help the Hawks not lose so many leads late in quarters and late in games.

For the Knicks, they get Onyeka Okongwu, another young player who is a defensively-minded player to develop who is on a long-term rookie contract. While they do have Obi Toppin, they are using him as a spot-up shooter, where Okongwu is more of a back-to-the-basket player.

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