The trade deadline is less than 24 hours away, and many teams will be looking to strike a deal or two to improve their chances of competing in the playoffs or landing a top lottery pick this summer. Based on their current record and roster construction, the Atlanta Hawks are clearly sellers at the deadline.

The Hawks have some young talent in Dennis Schroder, Taurean Prince, and John Collins, but the team has reportedly received interest for Prince and could trade Schroder, who is having the best season of his career. While those three players are viewed as possible foundation pieces for Atlanta’s rebuild, the Hawks could agree to send any of the three if they were to receive a lucrative offer. Other than a trade that brings back significant assets that could speed up the rebuild tremendously, the Hawks should not look to move Schroder, Prince, or Collins.

Rather, Atlanta should consider shipping their older contributors to contenders. The Hawks have veteran role players like Marco BelinelliDewayne Dedmon, Kent Bazemore, and Ersan Ilyasova that could be traded before the deadline. Dedmon has a small contract and is a defensive anchor. Bazemore has two more years left on his four-year, $70 million contract, but a team in need of a lockdown defender with playoff experience could look to acquire him. Ilyasova could be a valuable rotation player on a playoff team as he can stretch the floor with his shooting and has plenty of valuable playing experience since joining the NBA in 2006.

Of the players on Atlanta’s roster, the player most likely to be considered untouchable is Collins. The young big man is athletic and has double-double potential that could lead to a long NBA career. Paired with Schroder, who is a playoff-caliber point guard, the Hawks could have a great scoring duo in Schroder and Collins. They may never develop into stars on a championship team, but they would be solid starters that would complement a franchise-caliber player like DeAndre Ayton or Luke Doncic very well.

Though Collins and Schroder should be considered almost untouchable for Atlanta, Prince should be a near lock to stay in Atlanta past the deadline. He is an intriguing prospect and could develop into a quality 3-and-D wing that any franchise would want as a complementary piece. Other than those three players, the Hawks should be very willing to trade everyone else on their roster. Acquiring more draft picks will be the goal for Atlanta at this year’s deadline. Draft picks will be the driving force behind Atlanta’s quest back to the top of the Eastern Conference.

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