The oft-discussed bad chemistry with the Falcons could spill over and lead to Trae Young being asked for a deal, executives from other teams told Bleacher Report’s Chris Haynes during the G-League Showcase in Las Vegas (which has become one of the biggest front office meeting points on the NBA calendar).
rival executives who attended the NBA’s annual G League Winter Showcase thought Atlanta Hawks Star Point guard Trae Young could be the next player in the maximum rookie extension period to ask for a trade if the team doesn’t make progress sometime in the postseason…
Atlanta struggled to find the chemistry that propelled them to the Eastern Conference Finals two years ago. Last season, the Hawks won just one playoff game, losing in five games to the Miami Heat. This season, they are on a similar path with an underwhelming 16-16 record, ninth in the Eastern Conference. All despite the addition of a star guard off the season Dijonte Murraya player who encouraged Young management to continue.
Here are some ideas:
• This is nothing to do with this season’s trade deadline; What happens to the Falcons in the playoffs will determine everyone’s next course of action. However, as Haynes notes, these Falcons are like a playoff team that will bounce back in the first round at best, which will leave a bitter taste considering how much the Hawks gave up last summer to get Dejounte Murray. The Falcons entered this season internally believing they were in the upper echelons of the East.
New Chief of Basketball Operations Landry Fields will get a chance to reshape the Hawks roster, very likely to start with a trade John Collins By the February deadline. Fields can build the team into something that fits Young better (and makes him happier).
• Young in the first year of five years, $ 215 million maximum contract extension. He’s been locked out for three more years (earning over $40 million each season) but has an early termination option that could make him a free agent in 2026.
• Young is an undisputed offensive powerhouse, averaging 27.6 points and 9.8 assists a game this season (and that counts as his touchdown year). However, front office staff from other teams NBC Sports has spoken to over the years have questioned how good the team was with Young at his position due to his poor defense and how much he wanted ball control and the flow of play. It’s also safe to say that Young isn’t exactly the most popular teammate in the league.
• If it comes to Young’s willingness to come out, he will be in unquestioned demand across the league, and the 24-year-old’s NBA players rarely become available for trade. That said, it will be interesting to see which franchises will be willing to give it all to him, since the Hawks will start with a Harden-sized draft order.
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