Hawks expected to move the 6th pick

The Atlanta Hawks have had discussions with several other NBA teams to try and move the 6th overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. The Hawks are in search of a veteran star or semi star to pair with their young superstar Trae Young.

The Hawks finished last season 20-47 and were not invited to the Orlando Bubble. Even if they had been invited to the bubble it is unlikely the Hawks would have had any success, the team is in turmoil and needs a change. They do not feel that another top pick will help with this change.

The Hawks acquired Clint Capela at the deadline last season from Houston, but Capela has yet to see action with the young Hawks. His 60 millionish dollar contract is now a hindrance for the Hawks, who want to compete now. Capela does not seem interested in joining the Hawks. The Hawks will try and pair Capela with the 6th pick to acquire another star.

The Hawks main target is Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert. Gobert had a very public falling out with the Jazz other star Donovan Mitchell following both Mitchell and Gobert contracting Coronavirus.

The Hawks could offer the Jazz the 6th pick, Capela, and either John Collins or Cam Reddish for Gobert and the 23rd pick.

This would give the Jazz some much needed cap relief as well as some young pieces to put with Donovan Mitchell and would keep the Jazz competitive.

The Jazz, however, have reportedly rebuked the Hawks offers for Gobert.  The Jazz feel that they are making progress with an extension with Gobert that would keep the big man in Salt Lake City for several more seasons.

The Jazz have countered the Hawks with a deal surrounding Bojan Bogdanovic for the 6th pick.  Bogdanovic had the best season of his career last year averaging slightly over 20 points a game, but missed the last part of the season with a wrist injury.

It would be unlikely the Jazz would want Capela in a Bogdanovic swap, so a third team is going to be required.   There Jazz could possible take back Dewayne Dedmon.

Another team that is talking to the Hawks for the 6th pick is the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Wolves are looking for another lottery pick to go with their #1 overall pick.  The Wolves also have a lot of assets that the Hawks may find interesting.

The Wolves are offering up last years 6th pick Jarrett Culver for the pick.  It does not appear that the Hawks are very interested in this deal.

The Hawks have had conversations with the Brooklyn Nets as well.  The Hawks have an interest in Jarrett Allen and Spencer Dinwiddie.  The Hawks are thought to be offer Kevin Huerter and the 6th pick.   For the Nets the trade would create a trade exception, and the addition of the lottery pick may help them land a third star via trade.

The Boston Celtics are another team that has inquired about the pick.  The Celtics have been very active though and this may just be them feeling out the trade market.

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