The Atlanta Hawks have a number of key moves they will need to make in the offseason. They need to decide what to do with John Collins, how much they offer as extensions to both Trae Young and Kevin Huerter. On top of that, there is the rest of the roster to round out with quality rotation pieces.
On top of all that the Hawks need to decide what they need to do to replace the production of Onyeka Okongwu. If Collins was locked up on his extension that he should have signed last year, this would not be up for discussion, the Hawks would play Collins at the five more often.
However, he did not sign the extension, instead, he bet on himself but it has put the team in a slightly awkward position. It means that if Collins decides not to sign, for whatever reason, the impact of Okongwu being out is going to be felt for the entire three months, unless the Hawks sign a low-cost free agent.
Why the Atlanta Hawks will not make a move until draft night.
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It is not all that common to make moves before draft night, yes the OKC Thunder and Boston Celtics made a trade but most teams wait until close to the draft. The Hawks need to see who is available to them when they select with the 20th pick.
The Hawks are looking to select a player who can play both frontcourt positions well enough that the Hawks do not need to make a move. They will then be able to concentrate on free agency, which, now that they have made the Eastern Conference Finals, is one of the most important periods in the history of the franchise.
However, if the player that they want is not available, then the Hawks will still have the option to trade their selection to a team that is looking to build. This is a really good opportunity to get a veteran at a low cost.
This is going to be crucial for the Hawks’ offseason strategy. They are going to need to keep as much space as possible for their signings during this period so they can get the best players available. If they get this right then they will have the potential to create a dynasty.