Atlanta Hawks: 3 final takeaways from an encouraging Summer League

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Atlanta Hawks final Summer League takeaway No. 3: Only a superstar is breaking up this group

Rumors of trades involving Cam Reddish and draft picks began almost immediately after the Hawks were eliminated by the eventual champs. Additionally, we were told there would be a bidding war of sorts for Collins’ services. Well, Collins had an offer from the Hawks immediately and, eventually, re-upped.

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Meanwhile, Reddish, who didn’t play in Summer League, was spotted with team owner Tony Ressler.

We also got wind from Schlenk that the team is interested in extending Kevin Huerter.

Hunter will be looking to put his stamp on this season as well as he’ll be extension eligible next year and headed for restricted free agency the year after if no deal is reached.

His performance will be one to watch as well as he could be better this season and still put up worse numbers thanks to the Hawks tremendous depth.

But we also know that Schlenk is one to monitor the status of the league’s superstars too. That much was clear after his in-depth interview with The Athletic.

With the Hawks talking new money with a good portion of their young core, it’s a rather safe bet that only a superstar would sway Schlenk enough to move one of the valuable assets he’s accumulated.

The bigger question becomes whether Johnson and/or Cooper would be enough to pry one loose, largely preserving the rest of the current core, and would the Hawks pull the trigger.

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