Taurean Prince Trade Brightens the Atlanta Hawks Future

Atlanta Hawks, Taurean Prince (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Atlanta Hawks, Taurean Prince (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /
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The Atlanta Hawks Have Options

Travis Schlenk has done a masterful job rebuilding the Atlanta Hawks so far. He has avoided allowing good players to walk without compensation, a practice that was common place with the previous regime. Now that Schlenk has another first round pick, a case can certainly be made for the Atlanta Hawks to trade up and get they player they covet most. Different rumors have linked them to both Cam Reddish and Jarrett Culver. Brad Rowland of Peachtree Hoops covers the reported interest Atlanta that has in both Reddish and Culver in this article. Atlanta should be able to come away with potential future starters at the wing position and either center or combo forward, depending on rather the team decides to convert John Collins to center.

The beauty of all this is, there is still a path for the Atlanta Hawks to clear enough salary cap space for a max contract this offseason, should a superstar free agent desire to join the squad. Depending on what Atlanta does this summer, they are in position to have the most cap space in the NBA, in 2020 when the contracts of Crabbe, Kent Bazemore and Miles Plumlee all come off of the books. This will give the team the flexibility to sign free agents, or use the space to stockpile more draft picks. Atlanta could soon become a place where free agents stars look to when they want to team up and compete for a championship. Regardless of what direction the Hawks take, having the man who has selected Trae Young, John Collins and Kevin Huerter in two drafts armed with a plethora of draft picks, the Hawks are in a great position to build a true championship contender around Trae Young moving forward. Having already stated that the Hawks probably don’t want to bring in five rookies in a recent 92.9 The Game interview, now that the team has six picks in this year’s draft, we are certain to see more moves from the Atlanta Hawks on draft night. What a great time to be a Hawks fan!

Trade Grade for the Atlanta Hawks: A+

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Thank You Taurean Prince

On behalf of Atl All Day, I would like to personally show appreciation to Taurean Prince for his time here with the Atlanta Hawks. He is a very good player and a consummate professional, who never displayed any unprofessional behavior on or off the court. I had the pleasure of speaking with his father Mr. Anthony Prince on the show Around the ATL. He spoke of Atlanta being a great city for Taurean to start his professional career. He did a great job instilling values in Taurean and both men understand the business side of basketball.  The last shot that Taurean Prince took for the Atlanta Hawks, was a three-point shot that should have won the final game of the season against the Indiana Pacers, if not for a questionable call afterwards. Despite the outcome of the game, making that shot was a fitting end to Taurean Prince’s time here. I wish the entire Prince Family the best in Brooklyn and moving forward. They will be greatly missed.