No surprise Gallinari, Reddish are on the trade block for the Atlanta Hawks


Tuesday was pretty hectic for the Atlanta Hawks. Coming off a heartbreaking 136-131 against a very short-handed Portland Trail Blazers team, their general manager went on the radio and eviscerated their effort. All of this after having to endure an active roster consisting mostly of players on 10-day contracts.

There’s no denying that this is a broken team right now and that was the case before their COVID issues started in mid-December.

Either way, Travis Schlenk has made it clear that the current level of play isn’t good enough.

The provision of Cam Reddish and Danilo Gallinari makes sense for the Atlanta Hawks

He was so frustrated with it that he admitted he couldn’t fully appreciate Trae Young’s career-high 56 points that night. It was the largest among many other notable stats in the game. Young was also 15 for 15 from the free throw line, the most clear rounds of any player.

Clint Capela was 10-for-10 on his 22 points to go with 11 boards but, as Schlenk pointed out in Tuesday’s interview, their offense wasn’t really the problem.

The Hawks became the first team this season to score at least 130 points and still lose. So has Young’s feat which makes Schlenk’s frustration at “seeing the same thing every game” all the more understandable. His assertion that the Hawks would be active at the trade deadline was also inevitable given what they have done so far.

They’re 16-20 and have given up more than 130 points in three of their last four games.

What he also gave us (should he actually make moves) is an idea of ​​who might be on the trading block. who came before a report by Sam Amick of The Athletic (subscription required) that the Hawks are looking to rock with Danilo Gallinari and Reddish cam as probable chips.

Part of the problem is the signed contracts (and performances) of Clint Capela and Kevin Huerter, in addition to De’Andre Hunter’s injury limit which can be moved.

Schlenk tried to downplay the significance, or at least the amount, of any potential move. But Reddish’s name has appeared in trade talks for some time now. And with the way he’s been playing lately, it makes sense that smoke would build again with the struggling Hawks. He was also playing well before he sprained his ankle.

It was, however, another season of inconsistency for the third-year wing.

Gallo’s contract with just $5 million guaranteed next season helps. Just not enough at $20 million this season for another team to take it on by adding something, especially for something of value in return.

He hasn’t offered much apart from a great body in defense for quite some time and this season his offense hasn’t been good enough either.

We went over the potential targets if they were looking to improve the wing position a while ago. And we identified targets if they wanted to upgrade in the middle before re-signing Capela. Those goals still stand and might even warrant doubling down until the offseason, when they can move some of their recently signed deals.

That’s what Chris Kirschner and John Hollinger address in regards to the Hawks making a move for Indiana Pacers big man Myles Turner, one of our targets, in their joint discussion on how to fix hawks for The Athletic (subscription required).

They also mentioned Lou Williams as a player whose minutes would be better distributed elsewhere.

The bottom line is that moves are coming and, naturally, Gallinari and Reddish are the ones ready to go out.


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