Team investigates trade down, targeting specific prospect

After a tumultuous season that led to trade rumors involving Trae Young and Dejounte Murray, the Atlanta Hawks lucked out and won the first overall pick in the 2024 NBA Draft Lottery. Although this year’s draft class doesn’t have a surefire No. 1 pick like Victor Wembanyama, this puts the Hawks in a strong position to drastically improve their squad.

But while many teams are eager to sign the best player available, the Hawks may be considering a different route to upgrading their roster.

According to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer, the Hawks have discussed trading the No. 1 pick and haven’t even worked out many of the top prospects yet. O’Connor also notes that if they do trade up, the Hawks could target UConn’s Donovan Clingan with their top pick. Clingan reportedly had a strong workout in Atlanta, with the Hawks’ front office in attendance.

O’Connor adds that the Hawks could even consider taking Clingan with their first overall pick if they don’t find a trade they like. Another “dark-horse candidate” is G League Ignite forward Matas Buzelis, but he could become a bigger target if the Hawks are able to make a trade.

Other top players the Hawks may consider with their top pick include a pair of Frenchmen, Alex Sarr and Zaccharie Risacher, both of whom would bring more size to Atlanta’s frontcourt. As rumors about Young, Murray and their top pick continue to swirl, the Hawks have a lot of tough decisions to make this summer.

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