4 Hawks who definitely won't be back, 4 who shouldn't return next season

These Hawks could be wearing a different uniform to start the 2024-25 season.
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Shouldn’t be back: Saddiq Bey

The Hawks could not agree on a contract extension with Bey before the season, so the 25-year-old is set to be a restricted free agent this summer. He is in a difficult spot after tearing his ACL in March. Bey will miss at least part of the 2024-25 season, and it will be interesting to see how that impacts his market.

Before the injury, the 6’7 was rumored to be seeking a “De’Andre Hunter-type contract”. Hunter got four years and $90 million from the Hawks. The salary cap is rising, but paying $20-plus million per season for Bey would be a massive mistake. His injury likely decreases his price, but by how much?

Bey is an inefficient scorer who struggles on the defensive end. His inconsistent shooting and lack of playmaking are issues. The 25-year-old continues to improve, but is a crucial starter on a contending team? Bey has played in six career playoff games and his production plummeted in the postseason.

Saddiq Bey is not a $20 million per season player. Can the Hawks work out a discount after his injury? If not, they should let him walk or try to execute a sign-and-trade. There is no guarantee he will return to form after his knee injury, which further muddies his value. Atlanta does not want another negative contract on their books, so they must tread carefully here.