This Brooklyn Nets trade could help the Atlanta Hawks

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The Atlanta Hawks need to move some pieces this offseason. They are currently stuck in the middle of the Eastern Conference standings, qualifying for the play-in tournament for the past two seasons. They then qualified for the playoffs in both these seasons and were knocked out both times in the first round 1-4.

Last season the Hawks made a splash when they traded for Dejounte Murray and moved Kevin Huerter on for tax reasons amongst other moves. They were a slightly better team, but it is difficult to call these moves a success when the end result is the same. Adding Saddiq Bey was a nice touch before the deadline, but it also means that so many big men were competing for minutes last season.

Likewise, the Brooklyn Nets made splashes over the last few seasons.  Despite having names the caliber of Ben Simmons,  James Harden, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Durant, they have not tasted the ultimate success that they would have expected. Only Simmons is currently still on the team thanks to the Nets blowing it up during the season.

Now, what is the trade that will help the Atlanta Hawks?

The Hawks will need to give up some to get some and this is not the end of the world. In this proposed trade, the Hawks would send John Collins, DeAndre Hunter, and Onyeka Okongwu to the Nets. In return, they would receive Mikal Bridges, Joe Harris, and Royce O’Neale.

There is a good chance that the Hawks would need to include one of two draft picks to get the deal down but that would be a small price to pay. Now, let’s look at the reasons that the two teams would agree to this deal.