3 Eastern Conference wings floated as Atlanta Hawks’ trade targets

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Toronto Raptors F OG Anunoby

[OG] Anunoby cracks the league’s shortlist of its very best defenders,” asserts Buckley. “There are better post defenders and perimeter stoppers, but few players who can execute both roles at such a high level…Defense remains his calling card, but there are nights he’ll convince you he could become a go-to option or strong No. 2 at some point.”

Anunoby is coming off a breakout campaign that saw him average 16.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 2.0 assists on .476/.387/.838 efficiency.

The 25-year-old is also one of the stoutest and most versatile defenders in the NBA.

Of course, suitors for the 6-foot-7, 232-pound swingman have already been plentiful, and he has acknowledged that he might not be long for Toronto.

The market only figures to grow this offseason when teams are more realistic about what they may or may not need.

For the Hawks that is two-way wings and Anunoby may be the next up in terms of gaining national recognition. But as good as Anunoby is, three first-round picks are a steep price to the pay, particularly for the Hawks after trading for Murray last offseason.

This one is probably less likely unless there is a specific Hawks player the Raptors like. If they rebuild, perhaps they take a liking to AJ Griffin whose father, Adrian, was an assistant under former head coach Nick Nurse and is said to be a candidate to replace him. If they want to win now, perhaps they would have an interest in adding John Collins.