With running mate for Trae in draft, Atlanta becomes FA destination

Dukes & Bell
Wednesday, June 19th
NBA TV’s Tom Penn joined Dukes & Bell to talk about the NBA offseason with the Draft tomorrow night, and how close are the Hawks?

Penn said he thinks there will be a ton of trade activity the next few weeks.

 “I see a ton of activity over the next few weeks.” Penn said “The main reason for that is the East and the West for the first time in a really long while are so wide open, so that should encourage everyone to go make deals, and typically you’ll see that on draft night.”

Tom told the guys the fourth overall spot in the draft is what got the AD deal done.

 “Primarily because number four wasn’t defined.” Penn said “New Orleans was probably thinking the pick would be a later because the Lakers would be a playoff team, but being number four was a game changer. I always thought that deal would be more likely to happen in the offseason.”

When asked how the Hawks get big name free agents to sign with the team.

 “You got to get better.” Penn said “The key this year is finding a running mate for Trae, he’s an A player, and a signature player for this franchise, can you move up and get whoever you want. This year you get the other A player to grow up and run with Trae, then you wait for that cap room in the next year, when about $40 million comes off the books. Then the appeal of Atlanta comes to play, can you show the growth to free agents, I think next year is the year for the Hawks.”

Penn said he’s curious to see how the Hawks spend their cap space this year.

  “They have $25 million or more in cap space to spend.” Penn said “I’m curious to see how they spend it, they could continue to use it to gain assets, but I think they should try to get an identity with a bunch of guys who fight their tails off and show respectability.”