5 Potential trade targets that fit into the Hawks’ $25 million exception

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Toronto Raptors swingman OG Anunoby would bring versatility

What Brogdon could bring to the backcourt, Toronto Raptors’ rising star OG Anunoby would bring to the wings and frontcourt. Anunoby, 25, averaged 16.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 2.0 assists while snagging a career-best 1.9 steals per game. He also shot 47.6% from the floor, 38.7% from downtown, and can play anywhere from 2 through 4 and some small-ball 5.

The No. 23 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Anunoby is heading into the final year of his rookie contract and is due for a significant raise.

It is unclear if he will receive that from Toronto at this time.

“They haven’t came to me of anything, and if they did I’ll talk to them,” Anunoby told the gaggle of reporters during his end-of-season media availability on the Raptors’ official YouTube channel on April 13. “I love Toronto, I love my teammates, I love the staff. So, yeah, I’ll definitely talk to them.”

Toronto is still trying to pick a direction between trying to compete right now or sending their roster into a full rebuild under first-year head coach Darko Rajakovic.

The Hawks were linked to Anunoby’s teammate Pascal Siakam in recent rumors and, while the latter is more accomplished, the former is more than three years younger and offers more positional versatility.

With the Hawks needing to make financial decisions on Saddiq Bey, Dejounte Murray, and Onyeka Okongwu in the near future, and the likes of AJ Griffin and Jalen Johnson already looking to make an impact, they might not be too eager to add another looming bill so soon after ducking under the tax line.

There will naturally be more thrifty options available that could still make an impact for Atlanta.