6. Saddiq Bey
As part of an NBA Trade Deadline deal that nearly fell through, Saddiq Bey is an interesting player for the Atlanta Hawks. The team will have to make a quick decision on his future, perhaps even this offseason, before he has a chance to test restricted free agency after this upcoming season. In the short time he did play with the Hawks this season, I’d have to think that he left a memorable mark – averaging 12 points and five rebounds on 47 percent shooting from the field and 40 percent shooting from 3-point range.
He could be viewed as both a valuable bench player (behind De’Andre Hunter) or even a quality trade chip for the Hawks heading into the offseason. The only real problem is the fact that he’s an upcoming restricted free agent. Those are never players that are easily moved. Especially if said player has not comfortably found his role in the league just yet.
While talented, I can’t firmly say that Bey has found his home in the league just yet. Even after acquiring him, I have no certainty about what role he’s going to have on the Hawks next season or even if he’s going to be on the Hawks’ roster next season.