Atlanta Hawks: How does Lloyd Pierce going impact trade deadline moves

Atlanta Hawks. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Atlanta Hawks. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports /

The Atlanta Hawks have made their move, they have parted ways with Lloyd Pierce per Woj of ESPN. This is not a surprising move by any stretch of the imagination. Pierce ended his time with the Hawks with a 63-120 win/loss record which was good for only 34.4 percent.

While Pierce has been better this season, the Hawks still have a losing record with 14-20, which is only good for 41.2 percent. Given the Hawks spent millions for Danilo Gallinari, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Kris Dunn, and Rajon Rondo, this is not a good enough improvement.

While each player has had their concerns with injury, it is not the over-riding factor of why Pierce is gone. He was unable to motivate his team to hold onto big leads or let them get too far behind teams without seeming to make enough moves to counter the issues.

How does the Lloyd Pierce removal impact the Atlanta Hawks at the trade deadline?

With the trade deadline just over three weeks from his dismissal, the Hawks have a little bit of time to find a replacement, and to see if their style fits the current roster. Mind you, the window is extremely small due to the All-Star break.

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The Hawks would be much better off not to make wholesale changes at the trade deadline. It is impossible to say how each player will respond to the different coaching philosophies of the incoming coach.

While the Hawks have been listening to offers on their fourth-year power forward John Collins. If the new coach is able to get buy-in from Collins, then the Hawks may not need to make a move to get anything in return for the Wake Forest alum. He may still re-sign with the team.

All of this points to the fact that the Hawks should stand pat at the trade deadline. In fact, now that Bogdan Bogdanovic has returned, they now have a very dangerous second unit which is going to help stop the fadeouts at the end of quarters.

When the Hawks get all their players back from injury, they are going to be a very dangerous opponent. I have been high on them all year, despite their two losing streaks. When healthy, they are able to compete with anyone.

Next. Imagining the team without John Collins. dark

The fact that Lloyd Pierce has gone should not influence the Hawks at the trade deadline, they are playoff bound if they can remain healthy and do not need to add anyone else right now.