6 Playoff teams that could steal Saddiq Bey away from Hawks in free agency

Atlanta Hawks forward Saddiq Bey could be an appealing target in free agency this offseason, with these teams as potential suitors.
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5) Saddiq Bey could bolster Indiana Pacers’ standing as offensive juggernaut

The Indiana Pacers boasted the highest-scoring offense in the NBA this past season. They are also still alive in the postseason and would enter the offseason with a need for perimeter defense, which Bey would not help.

They were also ninth in three-point efficiency, shooting 37.4% from deep last season. 

However, the Pacers ranked a modest 15th in three-point attempts last season. And it could make sense to lean into their strength as an offensive group that build out a defense.

Bey is strong enough to hold his own in the paint. But he lacks the lateral quickness to stay with perimeter players of all types which can lead to silly fouls. The Pacers have center Myles Turner as a backline defender, perhaps alleviating some of those concerns.

Pacers head coach also got a close look at Bey over his first season-plus in the captain’s chair.

Carlisle has bemoaned the Pacers’ lack of defense. That could drop Bey in the Pacers’ internal free agent rankings. And his restricted free agent status could also turn them away.

The Pacers could also lose forward Pascal Siakam in free agency, where he figures to make more money than if he signs a contract extension. They do own his Bird Rights, though, so perhaps they aren’t as worried.

In that case, Bey could still serve as insurance.