Charania’s Latest: Hawks, Dedmon, Kuzma, Warriors

The 7-27 Hawks have been the NBA’s worst team on the court so far this season, and it hasn’t been smooth sailing for the franchise in the locker room either, writes Shams Charania of The Athletic. Sources tell Charania that there has been a “disconnect at times” between the coaching staff and the club’s most important players.

“No energy, no one playing hard,” one source with knowledge of the Hawks’ situation told The Athletic after a recent loss. Another added: “This s–t is depressing.”

While it has been a discouraging year in Atlanta, the front office remains active and has been targeting a center and a backup point guard on the trade market, per Charania. Chris Kirschner of The Athletic, who recently reported that the Hawks had internally discussed the possibility of pursuing Steven Adams, hears that the team has also considered a reunion with Dewayne Dedmon. Dedmon, who spent the last two seasons in Atlanta, signed with the Kings in the offseason but wants to be traded.

Charania passed along a few more tidbits in his latest Inside Pass column for The Athletic. Here are the highlights:

  • Several teams are doing due diligence on Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma in case he’s placed on the trade block, says Charania. However, league sources tell The Athletic that the Lakers still view Kuzma as a core long-term piece. Additionally, L.A. is more focused on making moves around the edges than making a big splash at the deadline.
  • While the Warriors have made players like Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson III available, rival teams that have talked to the Dubs say the club isn’t looking to move D’Angelo Russell, according to Charania. The Warriors continue to insist they want to see Russell play with a fully healthy roster, and won’t deal him unless they get an offer that blows them away.
  • Knicks forward Marcus Morris and Wizards sharpshooter Davis Bertans have drawn interest from teams around the NBA, but it’s not clear if either player will be dealt. Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard has stated his team wants to retain Bertans, and Charania writes that New York prefers to keep Morris. Still, I doubt either player would be untouchable if the right offer surfaces.
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10 thoughts on “Charania’s Latest: Hawks, Dedmon, Kuzma, Warriors

  1. harden-westbrook-mvps

    Maybe the Warriors will get an offer from Minnesota offering them Karl-Anthony Towns for D’Angelo Russell and their first round pick next summer.

    • Gary

      That was discussed in another chat and I guess the wolves are holding onto towns forever. Or so they say. It would be an amazing Warriors 5 if they could pull that off though.

      But D’Angelo Russell is extremely talented and he’s showing it this year again. I wouldn’t mind seeing him with Steph and Klay and Draymond and whoever we can trade for the high 2020 pic.

    • Tazza

      Maybe the Wolves would want more than just that.
      What about Towns and Covington for Russell, Green and a first.

      TWolves would have Russell Culver Wiggins and Green. Russell and Wiggins would be the offence, Green and Culver the defenders, plus a first rounder. Russell Culver and Wiggins are all young plus you have Okogie. Green would be a huge boost for the team on defence, and would be the unquestioned leader and vet for this team. Also you’d have the flexibility of Teagues expiring deal, and Diengs almost expiring deal.

      The Warriors get Curry Thompson Covington and Towns. Yes your defence would take a hit without Green but Covington and Thompson would be awesome on the wings, and offensively Curry Thompson Covington and KAT can all shoot it.
      The trade would save GSW some cap space which would be very handy

        • arc89

          Green is going nowhere. He is the captain of the defense. Wolves will end up hanging onto Towns knowing trading him would mean a rebuild.

      • Tazza

        It would be insane and probably not happen but can’t see Wolves giving up Towns for Russell and a first, they would want a lot more than that

  2. x%sure

    Towns is not on the map. Kuzma will be forced out eventually. Dedmon had his best year with the Hawks but they could get Drummond if they wanted to.
    Predict no, in 1 month, and Trae egging the Hawks into getting a 5 soon.

    Whoever gets Burks will be pleased… he will add things to the offense. And GRIII has shown some on-ball defense but health is always a roll of the dice with him.

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