Trade Deadline 2023: Atlanta Hawks Mock Deadline

  • GM: Jared Ross King, @jaredrossking

    Salary Cap: $148,980,277

    Luxury Tax: $1,286,723

    • Given they are right under the luxury tax, it’ll be tough to take back much salary in a trade unless they salary dump a player

    GOAL: Trade John Collins, maybe trade Bogdan Bogdanovic. But make win-now moves and keep Trae Young in town!


    • Assess what John Collins’ trade value is on the open market

    o   Flipping Collins for Kyle Kuzma wouldn’t make much sense because Kuzma will want to re-sign for similar money

    • Bogdan Bogdanovic could potentially be expendable with the emergence of AJ Griffin, if you feel comfortable that Justin Holiday can be the playmaker off the bench

    o   Phoenix for either of them?

    Players to Dangle

    John Collins (4/$102 w PO in 2025-26)

    o   Salary: $23.5 million

    o   Can salary match up to $29,475,000 in a trade, but would put you in the tax

    o   Teams to target for a Collins trade:

    • Phoenix Suns
    • Washington Wizards
    • Utah Jazz
    • Brooklyn Nets
    • Dallas Mavericks
    • Indiana Pacers

    Bogdan Bogdanovic (2/$36 with PO in ‘23-’24)

    o   Salary: $18 million

    o   If you can stay under tax, can match up to $23 million for him

    o   But can go $22.6 million if trade puts you over the tax

    Clint Capela (3/$62.6)

    o   Salary: $18,706,897

    o   I would be okay with dangling him if you think Okongwu is ready to start full time

    Justin Holiday (1/$6.3)

    o   Salary: $6,292,440

    o   Only real tradeable midtier salary on the roster

    o   Can take back $11,011,770 in salary if you trade him by himself and remain under the tax

    Vit Krejci/Frank Kaminsky

    o   Can salary dump if necessary


    Assets Owned

    • TPE:  $4,564,980
    • TPE: $3,651,509
    • 2023 1st
    • 2024 SAC 1st (top 15 protected)
    • 2024 1st
    • 2026 1st (SAS has swap rights)
    • 2028 1st
    • 2029 1st
    • 2023 2nd (second most favorable between BKN, CHA, & ATL)
    • 2023 2nd (via NOP; protected 31-45)
    • 2024 2nd
    • 2024 2nd (via OKC)
    • 2024 2nd (via MIA; protected 31-50 and 56-60)
    • 2025 2nd (protected 31-40, otherwise to OKC)
    • 2025 2nd (via OKC)
    • 2026 2nd
    • 2026 2nd (via GSW)
    • 2027 2nd
    • 2027 2nd (via LAC)
    • 2028 2nd


    Mock Trades to Date (Feb 2 Deadline)

    Hawks acquire shooting

    TRADE: The Atlanta Hawks acquire Seth Curry (Utah acquired him from BKN) and CLE 2029 1st (via UTA), Justin Holiday goes to the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Vit Krejci, the Kings 2024 1st (lotto protected) and cash considerations go to Utah


    The issue with Atlanta acquiring Seth Curry is that he’s too small to play alongside Trae Young. However, Atlanta does a pretty good job at staggering Young’s and Dejounte Murray’s minutes, so they would have to play Murray and Curry exclusively together when Young is on the bench. This will also likely allow the Hawks to stagger AJ Griffin when Curry and Murray are on the bench. However, I don’t love this deal for Atlanta. Atlanta gave up a Sacramento 2024 first (lottery protected) which they probably don’t think will be too high, but they swapped it for a 2029 Cleveland unprotected first. Atlanta figured Seth Curry is an upgrade to Justin Holiday, but it will be very hard for him to see consistent minutes as long as Young is healthy. 

    For Cleveland, they opened up a traded player exception that was large enough to take on Holiday after they traded Caris LeVert for Josh Richardson, so Holiday gives them an extra wing. Utah, meanwhile, acquires a more immediate pick for a pick that’s out in 2029. While that 2029 Cleveland first is unprotected, the Jazz GM did not worry about trading a pick for a draft class of kids that are currently in middle school. 

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