Hawks Made ‘Aggressive’ Offers For George, Butler

8:40pm: Although the Hawks’ offers for George and Butler didn’t feature core players, one source tells Stein (Twitter link) that they included “more” than three first-round picks.

With extra picks on hand for 2018 and 2019, Atlanta theoretically could have offered a 2017 first-round pick, a 2018 first-rounder, and two 2019 first-rounders, and still would’ve adhered to the Ted Stepien rule.

4:43pm: The Hawks weren’t necessarily considered likely to make a big splash today and ultimately didn’t do so, but according to ESPN’s Marc Stein (via Twitter), it wasn’t for lack of trying. Stein reports that the Hawks made “aggressive” draft-pick-centric trade offers for both Paul George and Jimmy Butler.

Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal Constitution (Twitter link) reported shortly after the trade deadline passed that the Hawks had been working on multiple “big deals” that didn’t come together, and these wouldn’t certainly qualify. GM Wes Wilcox had mentioned in the days leading up to the deadline that Atlanta wouldn’t hesitate to use its collection of draft picks to seek out roster upgrades — the Hawks have extra first-round picks in 2018 (from Minnesota) and 2019 (from Cleveland).

Reports on the talks between the Celtics and Bulls suggested that Chicago had wanted to acquire rotation-ready players in any deal for Butler, so a package heavy on draft picks may not have appealed to the club. As for the Pacers, even though team ownership was receptive to trade offers, president Larry Bird was determined to “swat away all pitches,” per Stein.

The Pacers were also said to have turned down a “monster” offer from the Nuggets, though ESPN’s Zach Lowe notes that Denver was reluctant to include Jamal Murray in that package. The Nuggets would have brought in trade assets from a third team in that scenario, per Lowe.

Meanwhile, though Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical suggested this afternoon that the Celtics had been willing to include both Nets’ first-round picks in talks for George and Butler, Nick Friedell of ESPN.com (Twitter link) hears that Boston never formally made the 2017 pick available in Butler discussions. Even if the C’s had been willing to include one or both picks for either player, it’s not clear whether the team would have sought to add protection those selections.

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2 thoughts on “Hawks Made ‘Aggressive’ Offers For George, Butler

  1. What could the Hawks have offered (outside of a first round pick)? I’m more wondering what type of assets Atlanta could’ve offered since I assume Millsap was off the table and Schroder likely would’ve been too (unless Atlanta wanted Teague back).

  2. The Pacers wanted 3 of 4 of J Brown, Marcus Smart, Avery Bradley and/or Jae Crowder. Plus the nets 17′ pick which is sure to be a top 4 pick in a loaded draft. That’s laughable. Any combo of 3/4 of those players avg’s b/w 30ppg and 42ppg and 10-15 rebounds per game. 2 are starters on the #2 ranked team in the east and the other 2 pretty big prospects and massive parts of the C’s roster. In two years Marcus Smart will be avg between 15-18ppg. The sky’s the limit for brown who has star potential. AB will be avg 20ppg next year if he continues to get better like he has every season since he came to the league. Crowder has 17ppg potential but most likely will stay around 15ppg. And Bradley and smart are two of the best defenders in the league and both can guard either guard position, smart can guard small forwards no problem. Crowder is excellent on D too. Oh and all those players are 26 or younger. If the c’s make this trade they are losing either 2 starters and a great sixth man or our 6th and 7th men and 1 starter plus a potential future star in fultz or ball for George who should be avg 25ppg+ as the number one option on the pacers and he’s planning to go to LA

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