The Atlanta Hawks exited the first round of the playoffs a year after reaching the Conference Finals. But the franchise can learn from this failure. Because a strong observation emerged at the end of the season: the need to surround Trae Young one or two players of his standing to go further in the competition. Leaders could also target Deandre Ayton.
The rumor is carried by Jake Fisher, insider for the Bleacher Report. He is not the “traditionally” best-informed journalist, but the link between the two parties makes sense. The Hawks already have a pivot in the person of Clint Capela. Except that Ayton is younger, more talented and more promising.
The latter is free on the market, even if the Phoenix Suns have the possibility of aligning themselves with any offer that will be made to their pivot. The Arizona franchise could, however, let him slip away in the event of a maximum contract. Indeed, she showed some reluctance at the idea of giving him the jackpot.
Deandre Ayton averaged 17 points and 10 rebounds last season, his fourth among the pros. The 23-year-old pivot is seen as a potential star by part of the league. His qualities would fit and complement those of Trae Young rather well, a diabolical point guard on pick-and-roll but limited in defense.