The Atlanta Hawks made somewhat of a splash this offseason when they signed their native son Dwight Howard to a contract, but the Hawks still have room to improve. They still need a scorer on the wing and another scorer around the rim. Lets not forget they could use some help on the boards and a closer.
It’s not a far fetched thought that the Hawks should put their name in the hat for disgruntled big man DeMarcus Cousins. Many NBA executives around the league believe that he will be traded before the 2016-2017 season starts in October. Cousins has been in many run-ins with the team and will reportedly fight for a trade or release from the team. He has career averages 20.2 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 2.7 apg and 1.2 bpg. He averaged a career high 26.9 on his way to a second consecutive All-Star appearance.
There are rumors that the Bulls, Cavs and Celtics will be in the running if he is to be moved. Cousins has 2 years remaining on his current contract and he is making a little over $15 million a year, so the Hawks will have to put together a deal to satisfy the cap difference.
My proposal would probably be:
F Paul Millsap
G Dennis Schroeder
1st round pick
F DeMarcus Cousins
G Ben McLemore
If they were to make the move it would upgrade the frontcourt and give the Hawks a scary combo on the glass and give them an instant shot at taking a shot at the Cavs in the East.
Chime in NBA Hawks/NBA Fans, do you think the Hawks could pull it off?