According to ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski, the Atlanta Hawks and the Brooklyn Nets have engaged in a rare playoff-time trade.
According to reports, the Atlanta Hawks are sending a 2021 second-round pick and Taurean Prince to Brooklyn in exchange for the Nets’ 17th selection in this years’ draft, a protected first-round pick in 2020, and promising young big-man Allen Crabbe.
This move clears nearly $18 million in additional cap space for the Nets to use this upcoming free-agency, bringing their grand total to $46 million worth of cap space. With the amount of money the nets will have available after completing this trade, the team has enough cap space to sign a free-agent to a max deal and retain restricted free-agent D’Angelo Russell this offseason.
As for the Hawks, the rich get richer in this case. Through trades and the draft lottery, the Hawks have found a way to potentially carry three first-round picks into this years’ draft. While rumors swirl around about the franchise potentially using these newly-acquired picks to move up in the draft, the Hawks haven’t given any indication that they plan to move up on draft night.