1. Clint Capela
Capela was on the trade block this summer, but the Hawks held firm on their asking price. The 29-year-old is a fantastic pick-and-roll partner for Trae Young. He remains one of the league’s best rebounders and a capable rim protector who is happy rolling to the rim and putting back misses. Capela has two years and $48.2 million left on his contract, but the Hawks have Onyeka Okongwu and a desire to upgrade their roster.
The Mavericks tried to get Capela, but they do not have a first-round draft pick to offer. Dallas offered to let Atlanta trade up on draft night, but the deal never materialized.
The Hawks must send a starting center packing before the deadline. They hope it results in acquiring a third star, but Atlanta needs to find the best available deal. Flipping De’Andre Hunter and Clint Capela into Pascal Siakam may never happen, so what can they get done?
The Atlanta Hawks are a team to watch as the trade deadline approaches. Quin Snyder is one of the league’s best coaches, and the Hawks have a star backcourt. Can they become title contenders this season? It will take some upgrades before the trade deadline, so stay tuned.