With the Atlanta Hawks trading Maurice Harkless and a second-round pick for Vit Krejci they certainly changed the look of their playing unit. The impact of this trade may not be seen for a number of seasons but there are many hidden benefits for the Hawks this season.
Still, the question is, what role is Krejci going to have with the Hawks? He is certainly not going to demand the court time that Harkless would have. However, apart from getting under the luxury tax, the Hawks must have an eye for the future with this trade.
Krejci is only 22 years old and has yet to really make a name for himself in the league. He had to sit out his full rookie season thanks to a knee injury. Then he came back and was used sparingly by the OKC Thunder last season. This team is in full-blown rebuild mode so why they did not try the young forward in more game situations is in question.
How the Atlanta Hawks project to use Vit Krejci.
The Hawks are in win-now mode, the moves that they have made over the offseason promoted winning now. However, the problem is that there was a sense that the Hawks mortgaged their future somewhat giving away the picks that they did.
This is where the Hawks G League affiliate the College Park Skyhawks comes in. They are a team being built around NBA-level talent and this is why Krejci is going to play most of the season. He is going to show the Hawks the level of potential that he is going to be able to show them.
He will be playing with a number of future Hawks players this season. This means that the Hawks get to see if Krejci can fit in with the rest of their future players. AJ Griffin has a four-year deal, Krejci has a three-year deal and Tyrese Martin has a two-year deal.
If Krejci does not fit then expect to see him traded. The Hawks need to continue to look for every opportunity they can to improve their roster. This will be Krejci’s role this season.