Hawks, Pelicans Finalize De’Andre Hunter Trade

JULY 7: The Pelicans and Hawks have officially finalized their trade, which was initially agreed upon on draft night. The deal looks like this:

  • Hawks acquire Solomon Hill, the draft rights to De’Andre Hunter (No. 4 pick), the draft rights to Jordan Bone (No. 57 pick), and a conditional 2023 second-round pick.
  • Pelicans acquire the draft rights to Jaxson Hayes (No. 8 pick), the draft rights to Nickeil Alexander-Walker (No. 17 pick), the draft rights to Marcos Louzada Silva (No. 35 pick), and the Cavaliers’ 2020 first-round pick (top-10 protected).
    • Note: The Cavaliers’ protected 2020 first-rounder will become two second-round picks (2021 and 2022) if it’s not conveyed in 2020.

JUNE 20: The Pelicans have reached an agreement with the Hawks on a trade that will send the No. 4 overall pick to Atlanta, league sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (Twitter link). Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports (Twitter link) first reported that the two teams were close to a deal.

According to Wojnarowski, New Orleans is receiving the Nos. 8, 17, and 35 picks in tonight’s draft in exchange for Nos. 4 and 57, along with Solomon Hill‘s expiring contract and a future second-round pick. The Pelicans will also acquire Cleveland’s heavily protected 2020 first-rounder from the Hawks, Woj adds (via Twitter).

League sources tell Wojnarowski (Twitter link) that the Hawks are focused on drafting Virginia forward De’Andre Hunter with the fourth overall pick. A report earlier this week indicated that Atlanta was “very high” on Hunter, who reportedly didn’t work out for any teams besides besides the Hawks.

Shams Charania of The Athletic reports (via Twitter) that Hunter and Duke forward Cam Reddish are the two players Atlanta has targeted at No. 4, adding that the team is leaning toward Hunter. According to Jake Fischer of SI.com (Twitter link), Reddish’s camp has believed that the Hawks would keep No. 10 in a trade-up scenario, potentially to draft the Duke prospect with that selection.

Atlanta will indeed keep No. 10 in this deal with New Orleans. Having initially held six picks in the top 44, the Hawks have now traded away five of those picks (and taken on Hill’s unwanted $12.76MM salary for next season), but still hold Nos. 4, 10, and 57. They’re in position to draft a pair of top-10 prospects, including one they were willing to move up four spots for.

As for the Pelicans, new head of basketball operations David Griffin continues to stockpile assets — the team now holds five of the top 39 selections in this draft, including Nos. 1, 8, and 17. New Orleans also got out from under the final year of Hill’s contract, creating additional cap flexibility for free agency.

Technically, the Pelicans haven’t yet officially acquired the No. 4 pick from the Lakers, since the Anthony Davis blockbuster will have to be finalized in July. The same is true of the No. 17 pick, which the Hawks are acquiring in the not-yet-completed Allen Crabbe deal. Those trades will be officially finalized once the new league year begins, then this deal between New Orleans and Atlanta can be formally completed.

The Cavaliers’ pick headed to New Orleans in this swap is currently top-10 protected for 2020 and will become two second-rounders (in 2021 and 2022) if it doesn’t convey next season. It’s not clear if the Hawks added any additional protections, but given Cleveland’s outlook, it looks like that pick probably won’t end up being a real first-rounder.

Speaking of the Cavaliers, they’re receiving a ton of interest for the No. 5 pick, according to Jake Fischer of SI.com, who points out (via Twitter) that that could be the spot for Darius Garland now. The Vanderbilt point guard was previously considered the favorite to be the No. 4 pick.

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36 thoughts on “Hawks, Pelicans Finalize De’Andre Hunter Trade

  1. KnicksFanCavsFan

    I loooooooooooooove David Griffin. I have no idea what the beef was with Gilbert but I sooooo wished you were with one of my teams to oversee their rebuilds.

    • KnicksFanCavsFan

      Can you imagine if Griff takes Reddish @ #8? So now my Cavs have a shot at one of Garland or White? I think I’m intrigued to pair one up with Sexton.

  2. bluestorm51

    I guess I don’t completely understand this. Why do this? You had the number 4 pick to go along with Zion(presumably). That’s a chance to add another top 5 player to the mix. I mean I guess there’s not much difference between 4 and 8, but still.

    • bowserhound

      Because the Pels will get the player they actually needed/wanted with #8, and did you see what they just got for #4? WOW. Griffin HAS to have noods of these GM’s or something. Voodoo magic.

      • bluestorm51

        Yeah. I can see that. Can still probably get a nice player at 17 also.

    • KnicksFanCavsFan

      Would not be shocked if he packaged the 8th and maybe 35th to a team with no picks for a veteran player on a big contract. I think Utah, Toronto, Sacramento, Milwaukee and Houston are teams that might want to move a player for picks in the 1st round. Maybe Capela to NO if they can absorb the contract?

        • KnicksFanCavsFan

          Can you imagine if they drafted Reddish and maybe Jaxson Hayes? Maybe try to lure Boogie in too?

        • Raps902420

          I can’t see it. NO will probably go after a big that can shoot to spread the floor for zion.if they get Capela teams will just load up in the paint taking away Zions greatest strength, which is driving to the net.

      • bluestorm51

        Maybe Lamarcus Aldridge or DeMar Derozen? The Spurs need to get younger.

    • It’s understandable because it’s a top 3 heavy draft and they’ve been shopping this pick hard since they got it, and hyping the two PG prospects non-stop to up it’s value (with the teams at 5-7 their target audience). This might be a package with the shedding Hill’s contract that allows them to make a trade for a veteran into cap space, while still providing the trade partner with a similar draft prospect.

    • stretch123

      They should… wonder if #4 and #10 and a future 1st gets it done with the Knicks (who I think would be better off with Garland anyway).

    • braveshomer

      Still have 2 top 10 picks and just moved up to #4…sounds pretty smart to me

    • KnicksFanCavsFan

      They gave up a lot but if they use it on the guy they want who might not drop down to them then great. I like them being proactive.

      • braveshomer

        yeah they said they didn’t envision adding a bunch of rookies to roster so wheel and deal to move up to get whomever they want…besides they most likely wont have a lottery pick next year if they progress and need to go all out as much as they can in this draft

  3. Maybe Garland / White weren’t so loved after all. Pels get a pretty modest return to go from in front of, to in back of, the 3 teams supposedly hunting a PG. None of the 3 (even the Bulls) could better this? #17 and getting rid of Hill’s 13 mm (plus favorable swap of three 2nds for two 2nds over this and the next few drafts) is just OK.

  4. formerlyz

    My guess is New Orleans either trades a couple of these picks for a veteran, as has been speculated, trades down again for more future assets, or they’re looking at Reddish, Little, Clarke, or PJ Washington for that 8th pick

  5. Jeanie bust why didn’t you get griffin? Jim your brother is laughing at you now!

  6. x%sure

    Hunter is good but this good? ATL made a mistake by not letting him work out elsewhere. The promise & enthusiasm behind that exposed their hand, allowing Griffin to exploit them. It was an easy call that ATL would try to trade up for sure, not just a smokescreen like the Culver interest. I called that, but would not have called so much.
    Griffin is killin it by letting others screw up. (Schlenk, Pelinka)

    04 08
    57 17
    r2 35
    SHill SHill$saved
    — 2020r1/2021r2+2022r2

    • braveshomer

      Pelicans are entering the first year of a full rebuild (although Zion accelerates that)…the Hawks couldn’t afford to sit on their hands especially the way they played the last 3rd of the season. This is the highest picks they will get in awhile and Shlenk has to have recognized that. The 17th pick is a throw away pick they used for leverage…I’m biased of course but they didn’t panicked or get fleeced at all. Trade Young, Hunter and Reddish seems for Doncic seems like a legit trade-off

    • x%sure

      ATL got 4, 57, some r2, (Hill)
      NOP got 8,17,35,Hill$saved,2020r1or2secnds

      The #4 pick is not much better than what is available at #8 due to the dropoff after #3. Too much was given up to move up 4 spots. Griffin knew Schlenk was committed and would pay.

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