Hawks Trade Out of 1st Round for Tim Hardaway Jr

Bo Churney —  June 25, 2015

The Hawks were originally supposed to have the 15th pick in the 2015 NBA draft. When they were on the clock at 15, they traded the pick to the Washington Wizards, who selected Kelly Oubre. In return, the Hawks received the 19th pick and two future second-rounders.

But the Hawks were not done making moves. When 19 came up on the clock, the Hawks again made a trade, sending the 19th pick to the New York Knicks for Tim Hardaway Jr.

The move is a weird one for the Hawks, but there is some sense to be made from it. With the move, the Hawks will save at least $500,000 in cap space from not having to pay the required rookie salary for the 15th pick. Hardaway also has some value in that he’s an above-average shooter.

However, the weaknesses with Hardaway are clear. Despite his 6′-6 size, Hardaway has not been a good defender at the NBA level. Hardaway also has few established skills other than shooting, and he has a tendency to chuck the ball at an inefficient rate.

Considering the Hawks made two moves to get to this point, they may not be done. And just in my opinion, I hope they are not done, because this is not a good move, especially if the front office did it to save money; they could have just completely traded out of the first round, which would have saved them nearly $2 million in cap space instead of only a quarter of that.

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4 responses to Hawks Trade Out of 1st Round for Tim Hardaway Jr

  1. I don’t see why it’s surprising that Hardaway regressed in his second year given the pathetic team he was on. What motivation did he have to play defense? Either Bud thinks he can mold him into a good player for his system, or he thinks he can make another move. Or, they’re really concerned about Carroll re-signing.

  2. Berdj J. Rassam June 29, 2015 at 1:24 am

    Tim needs further development, but he is playing nowhere near his full potential. Maybe Atlanta can take his career to the next level.

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