Staying competitive in the midst of rebuilding.
Trade rumors have been surrounding the Hawks after losing 12 out of 16 games in the month of November through the beginning of December. As time ticked and starting lineups were experimented on, Korver was the first to go which brought in a future first-round pick.
This season has been a roller coaster and right now the Hawks sit as the 4th seed in the East, (7-1) to start 2017. The Hawks started the year by pulling an overtime upset against the Spurs Jan 1st. Dispite good contribution, the Hawks have been actively seeking trades for Paul Millsap and Tim Hardaway Jr but according to insiders, this was just testing the market since Millsap will be unrestricted this summer.
Rebuilding, trading for picks, and balancing the salary cap can add a lot of pressure and negative feedback to the General Manager. It has thus far transitioned smoothly. Trading away Korver for a future first-round provides opportunities for young guys such as Prince and Bembry.
Things are looking good for Atlanta as newly acquired Mike Dunleavy, once telling Hawks he wouldn’t show up to team after being in Korver deal, scores 20 on Sunday vs. the Bucks. He is transitioning into a much-needed spark off the bench, which adds another veteran shooter. Today on Martin Luther King Day, the Hawks continue to stay on a roll as they take on the New York Knicks.