The Atlanta Hawks were on the verge of making it to the NBA Finals not too long ago. They turned a 41-win campaign (in a 72-game season) into something many thought would be a launching point for perennial contention. However, now the Hawks‘ halftime show announcements are more exciting than what happens on the court. Seemingly overnight, Atlanta went from the next big thing in the Eastern Conference to blowing it up and starting over.
Atlantas dream backcourt of Trae Young and Dejounte Murray hasn’t quite panned out as planned. The Hawks switched to Murray before the start of last season, and midway through the second year, there are already rumors of the team potentially parting ways with him. The combination of Young and Murray hasn’t been a hit, and both have been on the court for nearly every game this season.
The Hawks shipped off John Collins to the Utah Jazz during the summer, and without him, Atlanta has been nearly .500 for about half of the season this year. Rumors of a Hawks and Collins separation had been circulating for a while before they made the move. Now, Atlanta is fighting to stay afloat and seems to be on the verge of a fresh start.
Should Young hit the market, at least a third of the league would be interested and have a realistic chance of acquiring the two-time All-Star and former All-NBA selection. Even if Trae remains on the roster, they are not making waves in the East. Given the Hawks‘ current status, they could be on the outside looking in when it comes to the play-in tournament. If that happens, a complete overhaul might not be a bad idea.