The Atlanta Hawks have initiated the beginning of this year’s trade season with the trade deadline approaching. This morning, they filled their void for a backup point guard and another playmaker.
The Hawks traded Allen Crabbe for Jeff Teague in a swap with the Minnesota Timberwolves that also included Treveon Graham heading to Atlanta as well. All three players included are on expiring contracts this season but this gives the Hawks a chance to size up Treveon Graham for the remainder of this year and see if he is worth retaining. The trade also gives the Hawks a veteran guard to place behind Trae Young to give more insight and help him see things he hasn’t been able to before in his young career. They also have the option to use him as another flip if they decide to make another trade to possibly bolster the center position that also has holes in it or to grab a younger guard that could hold potential in skill development.
For the Timberwolves, gaining Allen Crabbe gives them a new face in the locker room in hopes of turning the ship back around after a great start to the season that has since become a nightmare. Although, that was not the logic exactly behind this move by them. Making this trade opens up more playing time to split between rookie Jarrett Culver and Shabazz Napier. Their development with running the offense will be key to their growth as a team and if that goes well enough, it could help them keep superstar Center Karl Anthony-Towns happy while he’s still there.
Ultimately, the Hawks won this trade with the Timberwolves as I am sure the Wolves could have received more for Teague or at least a player that could assist with their need in a big man while KAT continues to deal with a knee injury.