Andre Iguodala and Patrick Patterson have been linked to the Atlanta Hawks as possible trade targets. Iguodala is currently playing in the NBA Finals on the Golden State Warriors. A current contender for the sixth man of the year award, Iguodala has been widely recognized for his ability to provide solid defense off of the bench, winning a Finals MVP in 2015 for his defense on Lebron James. Iguodala is also a decent shooter with a 36.2 three-point percentage. One of the worries with signing a player like Iguodala is his age. He is 33 coming off of his 12th season in the NBA, and he has also had some injury problems in recent years with his back and knees. This is a concern because of how the Hawks should primarily be focused on becoming younger instead of signing more aging veterans. Andre Iguodala will not make the Hawks a title contender, so it is interesting to see rumors that the Hawks front office is interested in him. Iguodala will most likely not leave Golden State unless offered a significant amount of money elsewhere, so if the Hawks are signing him, Paul Millsap will probably not be back in Atlanta.
Patrick Patterson is another likely free agent target for the Hawks. Patterson is 28 and has been a solid role player in the Power Forward position for the Toronto Raptors. Patterson provides solid three-point shooting for a big man, something that can be valuable for the Hawks. Big men with range are in high demand in the league today, and with the Hawks own Paul Millsap, Mike Muscala, and Ersan Ilyasova all becoming free agents this offseason, Patterson’s skills will help him fit right in with the Hawks. Like with Iguodala, the Hawks cap situation makes it almost certain that if Patterson comes to Atlanta, then Millsap will not return. Patterson would be a suitable and younger replacement, but an obvious downgrade from Millsap.
The Hawks have seven players entering free agency this offseason. With Millsap and Tim Hardaway Jr. being the main priorities, the front office also has to deal with the departure of significant role players in Mike Muscala and Jose Calderon. If Millsap were to return to the Hawks, it is impossible for the Hawks to make any significant changes to the roster, and some of the Hawks would have to be allowed to walk in this free agency. This free agency will be the first test for the Hawks new GM Travis Schlenk.
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