1. Pascal Siakam
The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that the Hawks offered (subscription required) De’Andre Hunter, A.J. Griffin, and draft picks to the Raptors for Siakam, but that was not enough. Toronto has set a massive price, and Atlanta must decide if it is worth going all-in. Trae Young and Dejounte Murray are likely the team’s only two untouchables on their roster.
Siakam’s defensive numbers were down last season, but the 6’9 forward can guard multiple positions along with being an elite scorer and playmaker at the four. The two-time All-Star should be in the middle of his prime and eager to get back into the hunt. He has experienced a couple down years in Toronto after helping them win a championship in 2019.
Pascal Siakam is the most likely third star the Hawks could acquire. He seamlessly fits into their rotation and gives Atlanta a massive upgrade at arguably their weakest position after the John Collins trade. Siakam’s 3-point shooting is below average, but his ability to make plays and go one-on-one more than makes up for it.
Will the Atlanta Hawks acquire a third star this season? Expect plenty of trade chatter, especially if they get off to a slow start.
They are committed to winning, and a third star could be their only chance to make a deep playoff run. Stay tuned to see if they go all-in.