Southeast Notes: Schlenk, Wizards, Collins, Bogdanovic

In a revealing media conversation on Wednesday, Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk suggested that he does not intend to add any more players to Atlanta’s roster ahead of training camp, according to Sarah K. Spencer of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The team currently has 17 players on its roster, including its two-way players.

Although Schlenk does not anticipating trading the club’s new depth yet, he does think that the Hawks have enough players to package in a deal if needed.

“One of the things I really like about where we are is with the veteran guys, with the young guys we have, we have a lot of guys on our roster that other teams value,” Schlenk said of the Hawks’ new-look squad. “So we always try to keep ourselves in a position, if there is a star player that becomes available, we’re in a position to try to go acquire those.”

There’s more out of the league’s Southeast Division:

  • Fred Katz of The Athletic recaps an interesting offseason for the Wizards, including the re-signing of $80MM man Davis Bertans, the addition of backup center Robin Lopez, and the drafting of forward Deni Avdija and his positional fit on the roster. Additionally, Katz reports that forward Anthony Gill, another new addition, received “significant offers” to return to the EuroLeague for the 2020/21 season. The 28-year-old sharpshooter connected on 44 percent of his long-range looks for Khimki in Russia during the 2019/20 season.
  • Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk indicated that Atlanta would like to work out a contract extension with power forward John Collins, Mark Medina of USA Today tweets. Though the club added forward Danilo Gallinari to the tune of a lucrative three-year, $60MM contract in free agency this offseason, Collins is expected to remain the starting four.
  • New Hawks shooting guard Bogdan Bogdanovic is among the top offseason additions who seem primed to push the Hawks into the playoff mix, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic opines.
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22 thoughts on “Southeast Notes: Schlenk, Wizards, Collins, Bogdanovic

  1. Sillivan

    Hawks future is 5 times better than Kings.

    Who are the starters?
    Young, Collins, Capela
    Bogdan at SG?
    Gallo at SF?

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      That is beyond cruel to give false hope like that to Hawks fans. Things looked so promising for them 4 years ago when Atlanta finished the season 43-39 and now they’re just like all the other teams near the bottom of the standings in the east.

  2. Sillivan

    Dunn and Rondo are good defenders.
    Hunter and Huerter have no playing time

  3. KezarMike

    Hawks have a lot of good young players and Trae is a great one. They should compete for a playoff seed as high as the 5th.

  4. El Don

    ATL’s GM is messing it all out just now!
    There is no need to negotiate with JC… just give him the max & all happy, it takes a few seconds!
    If they loose him or trade him, they better get an All-NBA for him, otherwise they will be toasted & Ice Trae will leave ASAP & there future will be gone, just like that!

    • arthur blank_for owner

      I don’t envy the job of a NBA gm for sure….they do everything they can to keep the players happy, huge contracts, surround them with talent, trade for their friends, etc….but they can ultimately leave or force a trade at the drop of a hat leaving the organization high and dry. Trae doesn’t seem like that and hope he stays b/c he’s been the most exciting player we’ve had since almost Dominique…you never know however

  5. x_burner_X

    Who can you get for Trey+Collins? Not Beal, not Booker, not Fox, not Tatum, not Simmons/Embiid.
    They can get Brown from Celts, maaaaybe KAT if they throw in other young guys – but that doesn’t move the needle/

  6. formerlyz

    Trae Young
    Kris Dunn
    Kevin Huerter
    DeAndre Hunter
    Clint Capela

    John Collins, Cam Reddish, Rajon Rondo, Solomon Hill, Onyeka Okongwu, Tony Snell, Brandon Goodwin

    • formerlyz

      …lol I forgot they spent all that money on Gallinari and Bogdanovic

      Trae Young
      Kris Dunn
      DeAndre Hunter
      Danilo Gallinari
      Clint Capela

      John Collins, Cam Reddish, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Kevin Huerter, Onyeka Okongwu, Solomon Hill, Rajon Rondo, Tony Snell

        • formerlyz

          guards multiple positions and is a playmaker that can play next to Trae Young, which is why they grabbed him in the first place. Why wouldnt he start for them?

  7. BishopL

    Hawks biggest problems were lack of depth, having to rely on the youth, defense and most importantly shooting. All those got addressed . Nate McMillan was also a huge pickup for this team. Hawks off-season was the best one could hope for and importantly doesn’t hinder then from extending the young guys if neccessary. Trust me we aight over.

    • arthur blank_for owner

      yeah I don’t get what seems to be mostly hate against the Hawks signings. Sure they may have had to overpay a bit but a rebuilding team has to break the seal eventually by overpaying or forcing talent to come in via trade. They are much deeper now…hopefully we’ll actually have some defense and now more shooters will help Trae and JC open things up even more. They should have great year offensively and make the playoffs

      • BishopL

        Yeah I argue they had to though. The only potential hurdle is gallanari s deal. As he’s been a little injury prone but it sets the bar for collins extension and yeah he’ll be a highly paid backup. He should not be expected to play the three as I don’t think that’s the best use of him. If I had to guess prolly a trae,bogs, hunter, collins starting unit. With the bench composed of rondo, huerter, reddish, gallanari and Okungwu if he makes strides from his injury otherwise collins will be the backup mixed in with Bruno.

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