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Trae Younger commerce rumors: Spurs have ‘little curiosity’ in buying Hawks star

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The Atlanta Hawks are coming into right into a pivotal offseason after beating nearly inconceivable odds to safe the No. 1 general decide within the 2024 NBA Draft. Sadly, the 2024 class is taken into account to be one of many worst this century by most specialists, which limits the trade-value leverage the Hawks would sometimes have with the highest decide. 

And so plainly probably the most useful asset the Hawks have, assuming they don’t seem to be keen on buying and selling Jalen Johnson, continues to be Trae Younger. There are many query about Younger’s worth as nicely. 

Younger is on a max deal, however affordable minds can disagree whether or not he is really a max participant. If Atlanta does look to commerce Younger, one vacation spot that has persistently been talked about is the San Antonio Spurs, who would make sense given the truth that Victor Wembanayama would pair as a lethal two-man companion with Younger whereas theoretically masking for at the very least a few of Younger’s defensive vulnerability. 

However based on Yahoo’s Jack Fischer, the Spurs — who’ve the Nos. 4 and eight picks on this draft, which might make them a logical companion for the Hawks to probably commerce with — have expressed “little curiosity” in buying and selling for Younger. 

From Fischer:

San Antonio personnel could be committing front-office malpractice by not considering the chance to pair a league help chief and high-screen maestro like Younger to pair with Wembanyama. 

The Spurs have to this point approached constructing round Wembanyama as an intriguing experiment, the place they are going to weigh all completely different sorts of variables round their Rookie of the Yr. 

Nonetheless, based on a number of league figures with data of the state of affairs, any Spurs plans of maneuvering to carry Younger to San Antonio have been vastly overstated. The Spurs, sources stated, have expressed little curiosity in acquiring Younger thus far.

Fischer went on to report what has already been extensively reported — that the Lakers, who’re armed with three trade-eligible first-round picks, are keen on Younger, however gamers like Donovan Mitchell and Brandon Ingram, ought to both of them grow to be obtainable, could be extra wanted than Younger. 

Atlanta is in a good spot. Younger is the crew’s greatest participant, however that has been true for a very long time, and out of doors the shock 2021 run to the Japanese Convention finals that point has confirmed to have been extra of a pleasant matchup fluke, Younger has not confirmed to be a franchise-lifting participant. The Hawks completed under .500 this season and have been within the Play-In Match the final two years. 

Younger goes to get his numbers, however he is a defensive legal responsibility and extensively considered considerably troublesome to play with. He controls the ball and does not transfer a lot with out it. He has not been as productive of a 3-point shooter as his expertise would recommend he needs to be, although this 12 months he did convert at a 37% clip on fairly excessive quantity. 

Can Younger lead a championship contender? Proper now, most individuals would say no, and but he is being paid like a man who can. That is an issue. One which, because it seems proper now, the Spurs apparently aren’t enthusiastic about taking over. 

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