3. Spurs add an enforcer to protect Wemby
San Antonio won the draft lottery and will add Victor Wembanyama to their roster later this month. The prized big man is likely not ready to be a full-time center in year one, so San Antonio could be looking to add some muscle. Wemby can space the floor and handle the ball, so the Spurs would have issues adding a traditional big man like Capela.
The Hawks get a sharpshooting wing that can help their bench unit and a first-round pick. The Spurs are loaded with draft capital, so Atlanta would have to choose wisely on which selection to take. The Spurs would likely try to deal away one of their picks as they figure to be in contention in three years.
Atlanta should make this move because it gives them an impact rotation player and a first-round draft pick. It also saves the Hawks $6.9 million next season, and McDermott only has one year left on his deal. Making this trade gives them some room under the new second tax apron and creates enough space for them to use at least part of their mid-level exception to add more talent.
The Atlanta Hawks would prefer to get a more impactful wing, but Clint Capela’s playoff struggles likely ended those hopes unless they are willing to part with more draft capital.