7 Trades The Atlanta Hawks Could Make For Kent Bazemore

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The Orlando Magic currently have a surplus of big men. Of Orlando’s 4 highest paid players, 3 of them are Power Forwards or Centers by trade. The teams 2 most recent 1st round picks, Mo Bamba, and Jonathan Isaac, also play in the frontcourt, creating a major long jam.

Trading a big man for Kent Bazemore, could help them clear more playing time for 1st round pick, C Mo Bamba. In this scenario, the Magic still have the same amount of big men, but they get a more willing backup in Dedmon, and a more productive wing.

Hawk’s GM Travis Schlenk certainly covets draft picks. He also values flexibility. He gets the latter in this deal.

The Swap:

The Orlando Magic receive G/F Kent Bazemore and C Dewayne Dedmon

The Atlanta Hawks receive C Nikola Vucevic and G Terrence Ross

How it helps the Hawks

The Hawks open up enough cap space for 2 max contracts next summer. If Vucevic plays to his potential, there could be an opportunity to move him at the deadline for a draft choice.