2022 free agent goals for the Hawks: Frontcourt

The Hawks added Dejounte Murray in a huge trade that didn’t cost the team much in terms of players. Atlanta still has some work to do and they’ve made it clear they’re not afraid to spend to be competitive.

The Hawks need to add wings that can score and play defense to surround Dejounte Murray and Trae Young. Atlanta may also need a competent replacement for John Collins if he is traded. I will target lower cost guys who can space the floor, play defense or both. Atlanta may free up some cash in a trade with John Collins, but for now I’ll focus on cheaper options. If you want to know more about the guys I like for the backcourt, it’s linked below:

2022 free agent targets for the Hawks: Backcourt

F Cody Martin—Charlotte Hornets (restricted)

If I had to pick one guy on this list, it might be Cody Martin. I could see the Hornets matching Martin’s offer, but he plays with a lot of energy and gives a ton of effort on defense. Add to that the fact that he’s only 26 and shot 38% from deep last year, and the Hawks may have to overpay a bit.

C Mo Bamba – Orlando Magic (Restricted)

The Magic might not let Bamba walk, but he’s a rare talent for a 7-footer. Bamba can block shots at a high level and knock down 38% of his triples. If the Hawks leave Clint Capela, Bamba would be a perfect replacement. At 24, he may be my first target on this list.

C Bobby Portis—Milwaukee Bucks (unrestricted)

Portis brings a lot of energy, and he could be the enforcer the Hawks are sorely lacking. Atlanta needs to establish some attitude, and Portis would provide plenty of that immediately. The fact that it can space the floor is just icing on the cake.

F PJ Tucker – Miami Heat (Unrestricted)

Even at 37, PJ Tucker is a bully who can establish a defensive identity immediately. If the reports are true and the 76ers offer Tucker 3 years and $30 million, it would be tough for the Hawks to match that. But the crazy thing is that it might be worth it.

F Chris Boucher — Toronto Raptors (unrestricted)

Boucher hasn’t really carved out a big role for himself in Toronto, but he’s a good shot blocker with the athleticism to change and can knock down a few open threes as well. He could be a solid backup next to Onyeka Okongwu for the right price, depending on Jalen Johnson’s future in Atlanta.

F Otto Porter Jr. – Golden State Warriors (unrestricted)

Porter can get a surprisingly big deal, but he showed the chops of a high-quality 3-and-D defenseman at Golden State last season. Knocking down 37% of your threes and playing good defense will make you pay in today’s NBA.

F Joe Ingles—Portland Trail Blazers (unrestricted)

Although Ingles is coming off a brutal injury, he is still one of the best defenders in the league when healthy and can clear open threes. Maybe the Hawks can give him a discount.

F Bruce Brown—Brooklyn Nets (unrestricted)

I think Bruce Brown would be an amazing choice for the Hawks. He can hold multiple positions even though he’s a bit undersized, and he knocked down 40% of his threes last season. Atlanta needs someone who’s going to bring some fire on the defensive end.

C Serge Ibaka — Milwaukee Bucks (unrestricted)

He’s not the threat he once was, but if he can stay healthy he can knock down a few threes and block shots. Plus, Serge Iblocka is just funny to say.

F Thaddeus Young—Toronto Raptors (unrestricted)

You can trust Young to switch to faster wings and knock down a few threes – he would be a solid bench for the Hawks in the form of poor Jerami Grant.

F Derrick Jones Jr. – Chicago Bulls (unrestricted)

A guy I wanted to crack last free agency, Jones is a really good defender who can knock down a few threes and provide highlight dunks.

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Christy J. Olson