Proposed trade sees Atlanta Hawks land Kevin Durant

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The Atlanta Hawks have already made a successful trade this offseason by sending Danilo Gallinari and a set of picks to the San Antonio Spurs for Dejounte Murray. They also made a smaller deal by sending Kevin Huerter to the Sacramento Kings for Justin Holiday, Moe Harkless and a first-round pick.

But there’s a notion that they have to go a step further to really step into competitive territory.

Their struggles last season undid much of the work they did en route to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2021. A decision to stay largely in place in their final two windows to really level up – last summer and this last trade deadline – helped.

However, they could immediately propel themselves back if they traded for Kevin Durant.

Kevin Durant would propel the Atlanta Hawks into title contention

The addition of Murray should help the Hawks’ perimeter defense. He also gives the Hawks another point guard to take Trae Young off the ball a la Stephen Curry. But if the Hawks ‘out of nowhere’ could land Durant, writes Evan Sidery of BasketballNews.comit may be in their interest.

And if they want to pursue it, they still have a lot going for them, Sidery says.

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John Collins

De’Andre Dunter

Onyeka Okongwu

1st choice(s)

De’Andre Hunter is probably the Hawks’ most controversial play. They’ve treated him like an off-limits in trade talks so far. Durant is the caliber of player you would expect him to change his logic for. But Hunter is also heading into the final year of his contract, which means any team that trades for him would face the current conundrum of the Hawks.

Sidery gives Bogdan Bogdanovic and Clint Capela as potential alternatives, but John Collins makes the most sense for both parties.

Collins has been in trade rumors for two years. Still, the Hawks demanded a full return in exchange for the electric big man. Onyeka Okongwu has “All-Defense type” potential according to Hawks president Travis Schlenk. Beginner AJ Griffinthe 16th overall pick in the 2022 NBA draft, is a complete unknown having missed the entire summer league due to a foot injury sustained in his first practice with the Hawks.

We saw a similar proposal from Greg Swartz of Bleacher Report. But Sidery offers other ways to make finances work.

Even if the Hawks were interested, they could be outside watching.

“Atlanta’s young collection of players is what makes this thought interesting, at least for a while…Compared to other known contenders and those already listed, it’s really not in the same stratosphere unless Brooklyn bets big on Hunter to take a huge leap forward. It may not be enough to be a real threat to Durant, but it would be wise to keep an eye on the Hawks as we get closer to the trade deadline. Feb. If the Young/Murray backcourt gets off to a good start, maybe Atlanta will go broke and decide the time is right for a Finals push.

Could the Hawks get off to such a good start that they’d be willing to go all-in for Durant? If they really think it’s a plausible outcome, they almost have to.

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