3. Clint Capela
The Mavericks are interested in Capela, but the Hawks are not eager to make the trade. Fans can draw a lot of different conclusions from that if they wish. Dallas may not be giving up enough value for the talented big man or Atlanta might not be ready to move on.
Capela has two years and $42.9 million remaining on his contract. The Hawks clearly want him as the anchor of their defense and a pick-and-roll partner for Trae Young and Dejounte Murray, but he is the easiest player to move on from if Atlanta is looking to duck the second tax apron. Capela is the ideal center for Young, but if they want to keep him then it is time to move on from Onyeka Okongwu.
The Hawks already have an in-house replacement ready to take over. It is why trading Clint Capela makes the most sense for the franchise, and they should move on from one player or the other this summer.
Will they do it? Atlanta would prefer to trade the two remaining players on this list, but it remains to be seen if the Hawks will do anything this summer. With no blockbuster on the table, it could be quiet summer that puts further strain on the front office moving forward.