NBA trade rumor season will be especially strange this year
By Tom Ziller
With so many teams clustered in the middle, the trade deadline could boil over or spark a whole lot of nothing.
NBA trade rumors are picking up because the deadline is just six weeks away and one team — the Hawks — has already unloaded a key rotation player. This week in FLANNS & ZILLZ, we discuss players on the block and teams that should be wheelin’ and dealin’.
FLANNERY: Despite being in fourth place in their conference and playing well of late, the Hawks opened trade season by dealing Kyle Korver to the Cavaliers six weeks before the deadline. That’s the same Cavalier squad that swept the Hawks out of the playoffs the last two years.
Ordinarily this would inspire some outrage. A playoff team giving up on a key player barely halfway through the year and helping their principal antagonist? Shame!
Yet, as you wrote on Monday, the Hawks made a sober, ration decision and it’s hard to argue with that point. Honestly, I didn’t even realize they were in ‘fourth’ when they made the deal. I had them lumped in with the rest of the muddled masses in the East.