The Atlanta Hawks surprised many fans around the world when they stormed past the top-seeded Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conference Playoffs and then proceeded to put up quite the fight against the eventual NBA champions, the Milwaukee Bucks, in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Many fans and pundits were surprised when both Bogdan Bogdanovic and Danilo Gallinari opted to sign with the Hawks over various other teams – including the Bucks, in Bogdanovic’s case – but their decisions were rewarded as the team jelled at exactly the right time – and Trae Young showed the world that he is truly an NBA superstar.
After retooling last offseason, as well as adding veteran Sixth Man icon Lou Williams before the trade deadline, the Hawks look to be a contender for years to come.
However, there’s always room to improve, and there are a number of notable free agents this offseason that the Hawks should prioritize signing in order to keep up the torrid pace they started during the 2021 Playoffs.
Read on to explore the five best free agents on the market that the Atlanta Hawks should sign this offseason.
Honorable Mention: Kawhi Leonard
Let’s hope this doesn’t need to be said, but the Hawks should definitely aim to pair Kawhi with Trae Young to truly make noise in the Eastern Conference. However, Kawhi leaving LA seems unlikely, so this is more of pie-in-the-sky dream than anything else.
In this writer’s humble opinion, the Hawks should prioritize re-signing John Collins over anything else this offseason.
Collins has grown from a young, uber-athletic rim-runner to a multi-faceted offensive and defensive linchpin during his four-year Hawks career. Collins proved himself to be a tremendous offensive talent almost from the word “go” in his rookie season, and in his third season (2019-20) he put up 21.6 points and 10.1 rebounds per game on 58/40/80 shooting – sterling efficiency for a 22-year-old.