The Atlanta Hawks had already made a big splash when the team traded for big man, Clint Capela. Even with the center position solidified, the team made another trade yesterday, getting Dewayne Dedmon from the Sacramento Kings.
The Atlanta Hawks were out on the road for a game with the Minnesota Timberwolves when the news broke that the team had traded for another big man, just one day after agreeing to trade that netted the team Clint Capela. This time, the Hawks had agreed to swap Jabari Parker and Alex Len for Dewayne Dedmon and two second-round picks. Over the last two days, the Hawks have shored up the center position for the time being.
Dewayne Dedmon is a familiar name around Atlanta. Dedmon signed with the Atlanta Hawks in 2017 after playing for the San Antonio Spurs. Dedmon would go on to play two seasons for the Hawks before leaving to sign a lucrative three-year, 40 million dollar deal with the Kings this past summer. After a rocky start to his Sacramento tenure, Dedmon requested a trade in December. Yesterday, Dedmon got his wish.
For the Hawks, the team gets the ideal backup center for Clint Capela and a player who is familiar with Coach Lloyd Pierce, Trae Young, and the rest of the young core. Dedmon should slot right back into place, similar to the last two seasons.
For Dedmon, the Hawks sent Jabari Parker and Alex Len to the Kings. Jabari Parker did a lot for the Hawks while John Collins and Kevin Huerter were missing in action at the start of the season. Unfortunately, Parker has been sidelined with a shoulder injury since the end of December. Hopefully, Parker’s long injury woes will be left behind when he goes to Sacramento.
Alex Len was apart of the deal, also. Len showed spurts of good basketball, a thing that wasn’t often seen in Phoenix when Len played for the Suns. Like Parker, Len has been dealing with injuries throughout some of the season, including a back injury that is keeping him off the court right now. I assumed Len was going to serve as a backup center to Capela, but the Hawks had other plans. I wish Len and Parker all the luck in the world as the travel out west to join their new team.
The Hawks have completely transformed their team over the last few days. Evan Turner, Jabari Parker, Chandler Parsons, and Alex Len are all gone. In their places, Clint Capela and Dewayne Dedmon are in Atlanta. The Hawks are beginning to build a real team around their young core of Trae, John Collins, Kevin Huerter, Cam Reddish, and De’Andre Hunter. Let’s see how it pans out.