Atlanta Hawks: 3 things to watch for during Summer League

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The Atlanta Hawks Summer League squad began practicing on Wednesday, though, they won’t take the court until this Sunday. We still don’t have an official reason why, but when the official roster was announced one Cam Reddish was not among the names listed. It stands out because he was originally mentioned by name as a participant.

Nevertheless, he won’t play so that just lets us give our attention to others trying to make a good impression on the Hawks or some other team.

It means we have to keep the rumors in the back of our minds.

The Atlanta Hawks won’t lack storylines even during Summer League play

Not that a trade should be expected. But given the Summer League absence is reportedly unrelated to an injury, it’s fair speculation. With up to $332 million given out between Trae Young and John Collins this offseason, they will have to start making some tough decisions. This roster is getting expensive fast.

It would still make more sense to move one of their veteran contracts if the books are of concern. For example, Danilo Gallinari has just $5 million in guaranteed money after this season.

It’s not that cut and dry, though. Moving a big contract often means attaching another player or draft capital. Any younger player the Hawks deem expendable could fetch a hefty sum, even De’Andre Hunter who’s coming off of an injury.

Again, we’ve gotten zero indication any of that is about to happen. But that is what happens when you draft well. What matters most is the Hawks have locked in their core and have a really bright future.

That’s just one of the storylines we’ll be watching as Hawks Summer League action tips off on Sunday.