The Atlanta Hawks do not want to trade for Anthony Davis
The Atlanta Hawks are traveling pretty well at the moment. After the first part of the season, they are sitting in the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference having just defeated one of their primary conference rivals, the Philadelphia 76ers.
While the 76ers were missing James Harden, that does not matter, you can only beat the players you are up against. There is a potential benefit later in the season where the Hawks may own the tiebreaker if they finish with the same record.
Teams are always willing to find ways to get better, which is why mid-season trades are so important. However, there is one trade that the Hawks are being associated with, albeit via social media posts, which just does not make sense for the franchise. That trade involves Anthony Davis and his huge contract.
The main reason why the Atlanta Hawks do not want to trade for Anthony Davis.
As we have seen over and over again for the Hawks over the last couple of seasons, injured players do not help the team win. While that may seem obvious, pundits and fans calling for this trade need to remember it.
Hawks fans want to give up the Hawks’ longest-tenured player, John Collins, and their best paint defender Clint Capela. They need to give up this much salary to fit Davis’ remaining 3-year, $120 million salary.
While prime, healthy Davis could have been worth this, that window appears to have closed. He has never played more than 75 games in the season and has played only 76 total games in the last two completed seasons. He is not going to move the needle enough for the Hawks to give up two starters.
To put it simply, this move would be a mistake and would see the Hawks slide down the standings. Capela is playing somewhat near his best at the moment and the Hawks are benefitting from that. On top of that Collins seems to have a renewed enjoyment this season.
Davis is not going to be able to replace the production or defense that the Hawks are getting from these two at the moment.