Atlanta in crisis… All but Young and Johnson have been placed on waivers

It looks like Atlanta has decided to rebuild.

“The Atlanta Hawks have decided to sell players in the trade market,” said local US media outlet Bleacher Report on July 7 (KST). Except for Trae Young and Jaylen Johnson, all players have been placed on the transfer list.”

Atlanta has struggled this season. They currently sit in 11th place in the Eastern Conference with a 14-20 record. At this point, they’re not even in the playoffs, let alone the play-in tournament.

The problem is, there’s no obvious solution in sight. Atlanta has no obvious injuries. It’s safe to say they’re at full strength right now. However, the team is not playing consistently well.

Atlanta ambitiously acquired Dejounte Murray in a trade ahead of the 2022-2023 season, but as feared, he hasn’t been able to coexist with Young at all. Adding to the problem, the defense continues to be a liability.

You’d think the Atlanta front office wouldn’t have a solution in sight.

Nonetheless, the development of third-year prospect Jaylen Johnson has been a revelation. Johnson is averaging 15.1 points and 8.1 rebounds this season and has completely broken out of the egg. His impact is not only on offense, but also on defense. Atlanta is on a downward spiral, but adding Johnson to their core is a big deal.

The calculation is to rebuild around Johnson and Young. Outside of those two, Atlanta has a lot of attractive players.

Murray, Bogdan Bogdanovic, and Clint Capela, to name a few.

Murray is a guard who averages over 20 points and plays good defense, even if he doesn’t get along with Young. Teams that are short on guard talent could find him very attractive.

Bogdanovic is a swingman who is averaging 17.7 points and 2.8 assists this season. Coming off the bench, Bogdanovic is the favorite for Sixth Man of the Year honors this season. One scorer is a powerful player. Teams looking to bolster their bench scoring will find him very attractive.

Capela is also a good player. Capela is a player who can easily average a double-double. He’s already averaging a double-double this season, averaging 12 points and 10.7 rebounds. Teams that are weak on the perimeter will want to target him heavily.

If Atlanta is rebuilding as heavily as reported, it could be a game-changer. The aforementioned players are all capable of playing on a championship contender. Let’s see what Atlanta does.

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