Would Atlanta Hawks do this trade?
The Hawks are giving up two starters, a bench player, and three draft picks to land a two-time All-Star. That is a hefty price, but the market value. Dallas gave up two starters and three draft assets to acquire Kyrie Irving at last season’s deadline. Irving was a bit more of a distressed asset, but his talent is undeniable like Siakam’s.
Acquiring Siakam allows the Hawks to run out a starting five of Trae Young, Dejounte Murray, Bogdan Bogdanovic, and Onyeka Okongwu. They would have Patty Mills, Saddiq Bey, A.J. Griffin, and other young talents coming off the bench. Atlanta would be a dangerous team with upside if their recent draft picks continue to blossom.
Do the Hawks want to go down the three-star route with the new CBA limiting spending if the team exceeds the second tax apron? That is a serious consideration, but the Hawks should have room to avoid it for a few years. Is now the time to take a chance at going all-in?
It is a fair price to pay for a star on an expiring contract. If the Atlanta Hawks sign him to a long-term deal and prove they can contend for a championship, that would bump this up to an A-plus. It is a swing that could pay off or backfire and leave the franchise looking at a retool if he leaves in free agency.
Should they take the gamble? The Hawks already have two stars and need more if they want to contend for a title. Will they acquire Pascal Siakam? Stay tuned to find out.